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Torrents go down Hollywood-style

With the assistance of the Svea Court of Appeals, the main Hollywood movie studios have landed a triple blow on OpenBitTorrent. The Court handed out three injunctions yesterday, one of which took the OpenBitTorrent tracker offline.

OpenBitTorrent is the tracker used by Linux Mint to provide the ISOs via torrent. The consequence of the court decision is that our torrents are currently dead. Of course, our server in Miami and many people within the community are actively sharing the torrents via DHT, so you should still be able to download via torrent even with the tracker being down.

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My open letter to Hollywood

openattitude.com: I guess your seething hatred of BitTorrent comes from the fact that it represents a much more efficient means of distribution for long-form media like movies and TV. And it must really be a kick in the nuts that storytellers are realizing that they don’t need the so-called “expertise” of agents, lawyers, producers and distributors to get their work out in front of a vast international audience hungry for new ideas that aren’t sequels to re-imaginings of product placements for kids toys.

I bet you’d love to have BitTorrent outlawed altogether, if not for those damned commie Linux users and their free operating systems. You almost had them cornered with your proprietary video codec licensing — that is until Google came to their rescue with the announcement of a free alternative. Who’s side are they on, anyway?

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