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  1. Tracker's Name: Central Torrent Genre: General Sign-up Link: https://central-torrent.eu/signup.php Closing date: N/A Additional information: Central Torrent is a Polish Private Torrent Tracker for Movies / Music Releases.
  2. Anthelion News Freeleech Pool Tipped! ***** has triggered the Freeleech Pool! The following film(s) have been randomly selected and are now freeleech for the next 48 hours. Here Thanks to users who donated to the pool. Now go drop some of your own orbs into the next pool!
  3. HDStreet News The website is experiencing downtime due to database issues.
  4. Torrent Sector Crew (TSCTracker) News Google Translation: Hello community, TSC turns 12 on July 17th, 2020! In 12 years there was a lot going on, there was laughing, crying, arguing, many came and went and yet we are still there. After all these years, TSC has gained a good place among German trackers, even if it wasn't always easy. We would like to thank all members, team learners, TSC friends etc. who have accompanied and supported us over the years. 1000x Thank you Thank you Thank you! As a small thank you, we will switch from 17.07.2020 to 31.07.2020 to only upload, so let the lines glow. * OU is not exempt from the seeding requirement * For the next 12 years dear TSC'er !!! Greetings Your TSC Staff
  5. Lesaloonv2-0 News Google Translation: The chariots of the Gold Mine are full! Freeleech for all until 2020-07-11 13:01:56, Quebec time.
  6. Magico News Google Translation: OUR SITE IS IN FREELEECH MODE (Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday until 6/9/2020)
  7. RevolutionTT (RevTT) News Server is down
  8. Orpheus.network News Site is experiencing connectivity issues due to invalid SSL certificate.
  9. Libtorrent Adds WebTorrent Support, Expanding the Reach of Browser Torrenting Libtorrent has bridged the gap between WebTorrent and traditional torrent clients. The open-source BitTorrent library, used by clients including Deluge, qBittorrent, rTorrent and Tribler, will help to widely expand the reach of browser-based WebTorrent tools and services. When the BitTorrent protocol was first made public almost two decades ago, it was only supported by desktop apps. As time went by, people started to do more from their web browsers, including downloading and streaming, but support for web-based torrenting was still lacking. This is one of the reasons why Stanford University graduate Feross Aboukhadijeh invented WebTorrent. The technology, which relies on WebRTC, is supported by most modern browsers and allows users to seamlessly stream or download torrent files using the web. Over the past few years, several tools and services have been built on WebTorrent’s technology. These include Instant.io, βTorrent, as well as the popular Brave browser, which comes with a built-in torrent client based on WebTorrent. These apps and services all work as advertised. However, WebTorrent-based implementations typically come with a major drawback. Since communication between WebTorrent peers relies on WebRTC, it can’t share files with standard torrent clients by default. LibTorrent add Support for WebTorrent This rift between WebTorrent and traditional torrent clients is now starting to close. Libtorrent has just created a bridge between the two ‘worlds’ by implementing official WebTorrent support. Libtorrent is a popular implementation of the BitTorrent protocol, used by clients including Deluge, qBittorrent, rTorrent, Tribler and others. By implementing the WebTorrent extensions, these clients will become compatible with browser peers and vice-versa. “I am very excited to see libtorrent adding support for the WebTorrent protocol,” Feross tells TorrentFreak, commenting on the news. “This opens the door for many more torrent clients to support connecting to WebTorrent peers. Browser peers will now be able to access a huge trove of content currently only available to TCP/UDP peers,” he adds. WebTorrent’s vision always was to make all torrents available in the browser. While that was technically possible, downloading torrents could often be a challenge in reality, simply because not enough people were sharing them. More Peers For WebTorrent Users Right now, WebTorrent and traditional torrent clients can’t talk to each other. However, the libtorrent peers will soon act as a hybrid, bridging the gap between these two ecosystems. https://torrentfreak.com/images/webtorrent-network.png With libtorrent adding WebTorrent support, the pool of available ‘hybrid’ peers will expand massively. This will render browser-based clients more usable and therefore a good alternative for casual torrenters. “While desktop torrent clients aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, now the web browser will become a viable alternative to an installed torrent client,” Feross says. “This is huge for less-technical users, users who can’t install native apps, or users who just feel safer using a website. WebTorrent offers more options and more ways to connect,” he adds. While WebTorrent is now officially supported by libtorrent, it may take more time for individual clients to update to the latest version. But when that happens, WebTorrent will broaden its reach. Torrentfreak.com
  10. EU Court: YouTube Not Required to Share Email and IP-Addresses of Movie Pirates A judgment handed down by the EU Court of Justice this morning has found that online platforms, including YouTube, do not have to hand over the email addresses, IP addresses, or telephone numbers of alleged pirates following a request from copyright holders. The 'address' referenced in the Copyright Directive relates to postal addresses only. YouTube’s millions of users upload staggering amounts of content to the site every day and while most of it doesn’t present any issues, some of that material inevitably infringes someone’s copyrights. In 2013 and 2014, three YouTube users uploaded the movies Scary Movie 5 and Parker to the platform, something which caught the eye of Constantin Film, the exclusive rights holder for the titles in Germany. Since the illegal uploads had been viewed thousands of times, the movie company decided to enforce its rights. Demands for Extended Personal Information Rejected By YouTube In correspondence with YouTube and owner Google, Constantin Film demanded access to the personal details of the alleged infringers, including their email addresses, IP-addresses, and phone numbers. The companies denied the request and the matter went to court. In the first instance, the case went to the Frankfurt District Court in Germany, which rejected the demands of Constantin Film. However, a higher court partly overruled the decision, ordering YouTube to hand over the email addresses of the users but not their IP addresses and phone numbers. The ruling was acceptable to neither party and the matter was sent to Germany’s Federal Court of Justice. In order to make its decision, however, the Court made a referral to the EU Court of Justice, seeking clarification of the term “address” as laid out in Article 8 of the EU Copyright Directive. Win for YouTube and Google In a judgment handed down this morning, Europe’s highest court firmly sided with YouTube and Google and arguably, by extension, the individuals who uploaded the movies several years ago. “In the judgment in Constantin Film Verleih (C-264/19), delivered on 9 July 2020, the Court ruled that, where a film is uploaded onto an online video platform without the copyright holder’s consent, Directive 2004/481 does not oblige the judicial authorities to order the operator of the video platform to provide the email address, IP address or telephone number of the user who uploaded the film concerned,” a summary provided by the Court reads. “The directive, which provides for disclosure of the ‘addresses’ of persons who have infringed an intellectual property right, covers only the postal address.” While the Court notes that the Copyright Directive does provide a mechanism for judicial authorities to order disclosure of personal information to rightsholders in order to settle intellectual property disputes, the term ‘address’ is specific to physical locations. The Court cites an individual’s “permanent address or habitual residence” and expressly excludes email addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. “That interpretation is, according to the Court, consistent with the purpose of the provision of Directive 2004/48 on the right to information,” the Court writes. “In view of the minimum harmonization concerning the enforcement of intellectual property rights in general, such harmonization is limited, according to that provision, to narrowly defined information. Furthermore, the aim of that provision is to reconcile compliance with various rights, inter alia the right of holders to information and the right of users to protection of personal data.” Interestingly the EU Court says that obtaining additional information on users isn’t completely ruled out but such decisions are to be made by EU Member States after balancing various fundamental rights, including acting proportionately. “The Court nevertheless stated that the Member States have the option to grant holders of intellectual property rights the right to receive fuller information, provided, however, that a fair balance is struck between the various fundamental rights involved and compliance with the other general principles of EU law, such as the principle of proportionality,” the Court adds This final decision is in line with an opinion from Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe handed down earlier this year, which concluded that the term ‘address’ is restricted to a physical location. “There is little doubt that, in everyday language, the concept of a person’s ‘address’, about which the referring court asks in particular, covers only the postal address, as YouTube and Google have rightly submitted,” Saugmandsgaard Øe wrote. Following the clarification provided in today’s decision, the case will now head back to the German courts. At the time of writing the full judgment is only available in German and French Torrentfreak.com
  11. GitHub Removes ‘Chimera13’ iOS Jailbreak After DMCA Notice from ‘Unc0ver’ Jailbreaking tools are generally protected from copyright infringement claims through a DMCA exemption. This week, however, GitHub removed the Chimera13 jailbreak code. The takedown notice, which is disputed, doesn't come from Apple though, but was sent by the rival jailbreak solution Unc0ver. Apple’s iOS devices are part of a closed ecosystem that doesn’t allow much tinkering and keeps unvetted apps out. This works well for the vast majority of people but for those who demand more, jailbreaking is always an option. While Apple doesn’t like the fact that outsiders are circumventing their restrictions to open up access, it generally turns a blind eye to jailbreaks. The company patches leaks but since the DMCA offers a jailbreak exemption, taking legal action is not the obvious response. https://torrentfreak.com/images/uncover.jpg Unc0ver vs. Chimera13 In this light, it’s interesting to see that several copies of the Chimera13 jailbreak were taken down by GitHub this week, through a DMCA notice. This request didn’t come from Apple, however, but from the Unc0ver team, which is behind another iOS jailbreak. The Unc0ver team accuses third-party developers of pirating their jailbreak code. The DMCA notice points a finger at a specific target, developer Coolstar, who allegedly “stole” Unc0ver’s code to use it as part of the Swift-based Chimera13 jailbreak. “He was able to obtain a leaked copy of our private unc0ver repository that was previously available at [private] for selected team members of the Unc0ver Team,” the DMCA notice explains. “We have investigated this user and found that their first appearance on the r/Jailbreak Discord Server, where they later announced that they had obtained the source code, was approximately a day after the infringer had publicly indicated that he was able to obtain information about our work on Twitter,” the Unc0ver team adds. GitHub Takes Down Chimera13 Repositories The DMCA notice asks GitHub to remove the Chimera13 repository as well as dozens of forks. And indeed, the official repository and the forks are all unavailable now. https://torrentfreak.com/images/chimera13down.jpg The takedown request is interesting for several reasons. First of all, a team behind an application that is exempted from copyright infringement claims under the DMCA is using the same law to go after another jailbreak app. In addition, the claim itself isn’t without controversy either. Coolstar Sends a Counter-Notice Chimera13 developer Coolstar, who’s a former computer science student at UC Santa Barbara, argues that the takedown notice is unwarranted. He sent a counter-notice to GitHub, asking the company to reinstate his repository. “The code for Chimera13 is original code that I have written in Swift that relies primarily on the public techniques,” Coolstar writes, pointing out the various pieces of open source and publicly available code that’s included. “The only 3rd-party code in this repository is Jake James’ time_waste exploit. However, this is under an open source license (GPL),” he adds, highlighting the license in question. According to Coolstar, the original notice was sent in bad faith. He further accuses the sender of committing perjury and abusing the DMCA process, a claim he repeats on Twitter. Without making any judgments on the claims from both sides, it is clear that this is more than just a regular DMCA request. It appears to be part of an ongoing feud between two camps, which both develop jailbreak solutions. In any case, it will be interesting to see how GitHub responds to the counter-notice. According to the regular DMCA process, the Chimera13 repository will be reinstated within two weeks, unless the Unc0ver team takes the matter to court. Torrentfreak.com
  12. eStone News Google Translation: Formula One racing Game! Dear User You can submit your bets for the Stájer Grand Prix! http://kepcsaszar.hu/image?id=361859&.jpg More here By eStone Staff
  13. SceneTime News Need staff now Looking for edit staff You need to give us 30 min a day In return you get Iptv/Vod for free You also get credit for every edit, that's gig's N**** buys drinks every weekend Pm Staff
  14. Global Pirate Site Traffic Drops to New Low After COVID-19 Peak When governments began to implement lockdown measures to hamper the spread of COVID-19, hundreds of millions of people were asked to stay at home. This resulted in a piracy peak. While some thought that this increase could be permanent, global traffic to pirate sites has already dropped and is now at a new low. When the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread across the globe this year, there were noticeable changes in Internet traffic patterns. Internet usage went up overall, with YouTube being the big winner. However, pirate sites noticed a significant boost in visitor numbers as well. This was illustrated early March in the most affected regions, a trend we could later see elsewhere too, coinciding with lockdown measures. This was subsequently backed up by a report from piracy tracking company MUSO which found measures traffic to pirate sites increased by over 50% locally. Today, COVID-19 still keeps a tight grip on society in many countries. But there are also positive signs. In many regions the situation is starting to improve and, as a result, lockdown measures are being loosened, with people picking up life as usual. If we look at the global visitor counts of pirate sites, this change is also noticeable. The graph below, based on data from MUSO, shows that visitor numbers started to drop again in May and are now lower than they were before the pandemic started. Global Visits to Pirate Sites January 1 – May 31, 2020 https://torrentfreak.com/images/global-muso.jpg The graph below includes all types of pirate sites and all countries, so it doesn’t mean that the effects are the same everywhere. In some countries, the peaks and subsequent drops were more pronounced than elsewhere, but the overall downward trend is obvious. The type of pirate site makes a difference too. For example, the Coronavirus peak is most visible for sites that offer pirated films. This may be in part due to the fact that movie theaters closed in a lot of countries. Global Visits to Film Pirate Sites January 1 – May 31, 2020 https://torrentfreak.com/images/film-muso.jpg On Sunday March 1st, film pirate sites received roughly 60 million visits. This went up to 86 million on the second Sunday of April and dropped down to 46 million during the last Sunday in May. Music piracy sites, on the other hand, were less affected by the pandemic it seems. Instead, the four-month trend shows pretty much a gradual decline. Global Visits to Music Pirate Sites January 1 – May 31, 2020 https://torrentfreak.com/images/music-muso.jpg While there are individual differences between countries the peak is clearly over. In fact, the number of pirate site visits is now at a new low point, which is roughly a 25% drop compared to the start of the year. As mentioned before, the pandemic isn’t over yet, so we should caution that traffic patterns may also change again. That said, these broad and global changes suggest that the influx of new visitors to pirate sites is not going to be permanent. Torrentfreak.com
  15. ISP Ordered to Hand Over Pirates’ Details After Cracked Software ‘Phoned Home’ Alleged pirates who installed cracked copies of expensive Siemens CAD tools on their computers are facing potentially huge settlement demands after the software "phoned home" informing the company of the illicit use. The Australian Federal Court has ordered ISP Telstra to hand over the personal details of the suspected infringers. Reports of movie companies tracking down alleged pirates in order to extract cash settlements are commonplace today. After IP addresses are monitored in BitTorrent swarms, companies regularly obtain court orders requiring ISPs to hand over the personal details of alleged infringers, to whom they send correspondence threatening a lawsuit, unless they pay up of course. On first view, a case in Australia seems to follow a similar pattern but the details reveal a more interesting set of circumstances. In an application filed at the Federal Court in Australia, Siemens Industry Software Inc asked the Court to compel local ISP Telstra to reveal the identities and personal details of “20 potential infringing users” who used “cracked” versions of its software. However, instead of tracking these alleged pirates in BitTorrent swarms, Siemens obtained evidence of their infringement directly from their computers. Expensive Software With the Ability to “Phone Home” The software in question, NX and Solid Edge, are extremely expensive CAD packages that come in individually licensed modules carrying price tags of up to AUS$60,000 (US$41,200) each, with bundles topping out at more than AUS$337,000 (US$231,000) according to Siemens’ application. What’s special in this case is that both pieces of software are able to “phone home”, providing the developer with evidence of infringement. “In order to prevent and detect copyright infringement Siemens has developed and uses an ‘automatic reporting function’ or ARF, which it has embedded in each of the asserted software products. It cannot be removed or ‘switched off’ from the asserted software,” wrote Justice Burley in his order handed down last Friday. The ARF is able to identify the specific computer on which unlicensed copies of software are used, information that is then transmitted back to Siemens when the computer running the software is connected to the Internet. Siemens is on the lookout for “cracked” versions with their protection removed, examples of which can be found on The Pirate Bay, among other sites. https://torrentfreak.com/images/siemens-solid-edge.png “The primary method of copyright infringement about which Siemens is concerned is where the alleged infringer uses versions of the asserted software that have been ‘cracked’ or tampered with by a person or (more likely) a company who is licensed to use some, but not all of the asserted software. The cracking allows the infringer to have full access to all of the modules of the asserted software without having paid to licence them,” Justice Burley added. How the ARF works was detailed to the Court in a confidential affidavit but there are claims that it is sometimes able to identify the person who cracked the software, the email address of the entity using the software, plus an IP address, in this case those allocated to Telstra customers. “Material Reproduction” of the Software in Breach of Copyright Considering that the ARF is part of the software in question and was able to communicate back to Siemens, the Court was convinced that a “material reproduction” of the software had probably taken place without a license, in breach of copyright. As a result, Telstra is now required to hand over the details of the subscribers associated with the IP addresses identified by Siemens. In his order, Justice Burley seeks to ensure that any information obtained by Siemens is used appropriately, referencing the ultimately-failed Dallas Buyers Club case of 2015. Interestingly and perhaps of comfort to those who may have downloaded Siemens’ software purely for home use, the company has assured the Court that it will not pursue people who have not used the software commercially. TorrentFreak was able to obtain ‘NFO’ text files that were released by cracking/piracy groups associated with the Siemens products in the case detailed above. While they contain detailed instructions on how to get the software running without paying, they appear to be oblivious to the existence of the ARF. The Federal Court Order, which includes the IP addresses targeted by Siemens and a copy of the letter it intends to send alleged infringers, can be obtained here (pdf) Torrentfreak.com
  16. Elite-Tracker News Site is down. The server is not responding.
  17. FullMixMusic News The site is experiencing issues, as torrent pages and other stats fail to load for several hours now.
  18. BitHorlo News Google Translation: Dog beauty contest Dear users! By popular demand we organize a dog beauty competition Take a good photo of your favorite pet and name it. Upload it at an image host and post the link. Find out all the details and the prizes on this thread We are waiting for the images here! Deadline for entries: July 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. If at least 5 of a variety are submitted, we will open a new topic Submit a direct link to the image! (.jpg, .png ending) Recommended image upload sites: https://kepkuldes.com/ https://imgur.com/ Each application is worth 200 credit points
  19. CHDBits News Google Translation: CHD technical team recruitment announcement Personnel status. For details, please move to the next step. You can find out about the technical positions we are recruiting on this thread. Looking forward to the people of insight to join us and contribute to this big family! Interested parties can directly reply to this information.
  20. Torrentz2.eu Domain Suspended by Registry on Public Prosecutor’s Order The popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2 is no longer accessible through its main .eu domain name. The domain was suspended by the EURid registry pending an investigation, triggered by a Public Prosecutor's order. Torrentz2, meanwhile, continues to be accessible through its alternative .is domain. With millions of visitors per day, Torrentz2 is the most-used torrent meta-search engine on the Internet. Torrentz2 took over from the original Torrentz site, which closed its doors during the summer of 2016, and continued business as usual. The site’s popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed by copyright holders who successfully requested the site to be blocked in countries around the world. The Torrentz2.eu domain remained operational in other parts of the world but this weekend that changed as well. Starting a few hours ago, Torrentz2 became unreachable. Instead of seeing the site’s familiar homepage, browsers return an error message informing people that the site can’t be reached. https://torrentfreak.com/images/torr...-reachable.jpg While downtime can happen for a variety of reasons, a quick glance at the domain’s status shows that something serious is going on. The EURid registry has placed the domain on ‘serverhold,’ which means that it’s suspended and under investigation. “This domain name is registered to the domain name holder as shown in WHOIS, but is temporarily inactive (i.e. website and email do not function) and under investigation,” the registry reports. https://torrentfreak.com/images/eurid-serverhold.jpg The EURid registry doesn’t provide any more details but the actions are likely part of an enforcement effort related to copyright infringement allegations. Indeed, the Torrentz2 operator informs us that the action is the result of an order from a public prosecutor. “Torrentz2.eu has been suspended upon Public Prosecutor’s Order,” the site’s operator says, adding that its backup domain, Torrentz2.is, is still functioning. The site operator didn’t mention the jurisdiction or country the order came from. We asked for clarification and further details and will add those if we hear back. In the past, the EURid registry also took action against torrent sites, including the original Torrentz.eu, putting these domains ‘on hold.’ This was done after a complaint was filed with the Brussels prosecutor. These domains remained operational, however, and the ‘on hold’ status was eventually removed. In this case, Torrentz2.eu has been harder hit. Users can no longer access the site from its original domain name. The site’s official backup domain Torrentz2.is, which is managed by Iceland’s ISNIC registry, remains available. Torrentfreak.com
  21. Amazon Profits From Pirate IPTV So Can’t Sue Pirate IPTV Provider, Court Hears In April, a coalition of entertainment companies headed up by Universal, Paramount, Columbia, Disney and Amazon sued 'pirate' IPTV provider Nitro TV. In an answer to the complaint, Nitro's operator states that since Amazon profits from sales of 'pirate' IPTV packages on its platform, the action should be barred. Early April, companies owned by Columbia, Amazon, Disney, Paramount, Warner, and Universal filed a lawsuit in a California district court targeting ‘pirate’ IPTV provider Nitro TV and alleged operator Alejandro Galindo. The complaint alleged that Nitro TV offered subscription packages consisting of thousands of “live and title-curated television channels” throughout the United States and abroad, available via the web, mobile devices, and smart TVs. Complaint and Preliminary Injunction “Defendants’ unlawful conduct in operating Nitro TV directly and willfully subverts that ecosystem through pursuit of illicit profits from massive and blatant infringement of Plaintiffs’ Copyrighted Works,” the lawsuit added. Central to the case are Nitro TV’s ’24/7′ channels, offering TV shows such as Friends and Peaky Blinders plus movies including Spider-Man and Captain America. The companies alleged direct copyright infringement, demanding $150,000 per infringed work or, in the alternative, contributory copyright infringement in the same amount. The plaintiffs further demanded preliminary and permanent injunctions, the former of which was granted by the Court in May. Answer to Complaint It took a while but Alejandro Galindo has now filed his answer to the complaint. It features broad denials to the vast majority of the plaintiffs’ allegations but then goes on to list 12 affirmative defenses, beginning with the assertion that the complaint fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted against the defendant. However, things start to get interesting when moving to other defenses, with Galindo claiming that the plaintiffs failed to mitigate damages and have ‘unclean hands’. The basis for the claims appear to be that Amazon allegedly allows sellers of ‘pirate’ IPTV packages to distribute their products via the Amazon sales platform. “Amazon Profits From Pirate IPTV Sales” “Plaintiff has failed to mitigate their damages and is engaged in selective enforcement as there are 100’s if not thousands of IPTV sellers on the Amazon website. Meaning, Amazon profits from the alleged wrongdoing and have known about this for a long time,” the answer reads. “Defendant’s actions were innocent in nature and not willful or with an intent to injure. Plaintiff Amazon creates a situation where it sanctions IPTV services leading the average ordinary person to believe there is nothing wrong in acting as a seller or reseller of their services,” it adds, noting that there had never been any “culpable intent” by Galindo. Claiming that each cause of action is barred in whole or in part under the doctrine of Estoppel and Waiver, Galindo’s answer states that Amazon’s alleged profiting from the sale of ‘pirate’ IPTV subscriptions implies authorization of such products. “Plaintiff are profiting from the conduct they allege is illegal and allow others to continue to sell IPTV services on their website thus encourage, aiding, abetting, ratifying and consenting to the alleged wrongful conduct,” it states. DMCA Safe Harbor and Discovery Finally, the answer notes that Nitro is protected under the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA but at this stage provides no reasons as to why that should be the case. Galindo demands a trial by jury so in the meantime, the parties will engage in a discovery process that will entail picking Nitro apart with a fine toothcomb. Torrentfreak.com
  22. CHDBits News Google Translation: CHD technical team recruitment announcement Personnel status. For details, please move to the next step. You can find out about the technical positions we are recruiting on this thread. Looking forward to the people of insight to join us and contribute to this big family! Interested parties can directly reply to this information.
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