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A Big Day for BitTorrent with Both the Superior Seeding Standard and Six Strikes

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By: Corey Tate
July 08, 2011
An interesting day for the BitTorrent camp ... on the one hand they have the new "Superior Seeding Standard" provided by The Tribler project at the Delft University of Technology, which will allow for low bandwidth users to participate in the BitTorrent thing with faster download speeds. On the other hand, there's the new six strikes and graduated repsonse enforcement gearing up in the US. There's also direct action coming down on BitTorrent sites from the RIAA, as pointed out by Ernesto at TorrentFreak.

The new "Superior Seeding Standard" allows for low bandwidth users to be rewarded for seeding files instead of placing an emphasis on the speed in which they share files. High bandwidth users are rewarded for "sharing" more just because they have a bigger pipe, even if their not doing much seeding. The Tibler project places the emphasis on participation by intent of sharing, rather than blind bandwidth alone.

On the other side of this comes the continued slog towards the balance between "file sharing" and "illegal sharing" and what everyone's individual definition of internet piracy is, which seems to be different with every single person. The new six strikes and graduated reponse mechanism just outlined in the US will be a powerful industry tool for the RIAA and MPAA to look out for their bottom line, while making it a bumpy road for the BitTorrent community to do its thing.

On top of all of that, the focus on the user is not the only part of this, as the RIAA is now targeting sites like Monova.org, Bitsnoop.com and Limetorrents.com with a request filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The RIAA is taking a hard line against these groups in a stepped-up effort to fight what they see as copyright infringement and internet piracy, and wants new legal tools and strategies to do this.

The owner of Bitsnoop claims that he has always worked with the RIAA to resolve their DMCA requests, so the sudden change seems to have caught him off guard.

“The RIAA has sent us several DMCA requests in the past and we always honored these. Apparently that wasn’t enough, so now they pull this stunt,” said Bitsnoop’s owner when speaking to TorrentFreak.

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