MOST IMPORTANT TORRENT SITE IN YEARS TO TAKE THE INTERNET BY STORM

December 26, 2013 – 1:36 pm

A brand new entrant to the torrent site market is set to take the Internet by storm. A P2P veteran, fresh from defeating the major recording labels in a 13 million euro lawsuit, has obtained 1.6 million euros from the Spanish Government to power his new dream – a 30 million torrent search engine. Throw in a brand new advert-free torrent client, a Free Software promise, plus a determination not to be bullied by corporations, and we have a very potent mix indeed. By Andy of TorrentFreak.

In 2008, Universal, Sony, EMI, Warner and “Spanish RIAA” outfit Promusicae joined forces to file a 13 million euro lawsuit against MP2P Technologies, a company created by Spaniard Pablo Soto.

Soto had been in the computer business since he was 16 and had created several file-sharing applications including Blubster, the so-called “Spanish Napster”. The labels claimed that Soto’s creations were designed to profit from infringements of their copyrights, something which amounted to unfair competition. In trying to prove their case the labels went as far as spying on Soto with a hidden camera.

In 2011, Madrid Commercial Court No. 4 rejected the compensation demands of the labels and ruled in favor of the developer, declaring that his technology was “totally neutral.”

Things quickly improved for Soto. In December 2011 he received a 1.6 million euros grant from the Spanish Government to develop a new search engine called Foofind, a project described by the Government as having “enormous potential for the future of our country.”

Now Soto is back – and ready to cause the biggest file-sharing stir in recent memory by not only launching his own BitTorrent client, but by launching a Foofind-powered (and by default Spanish Government-funded) torrent site.

Add in the fact that Soto is releasing all the code as Free Software to “ensure the open Internet” along with a promise not to infringe on users’ privacy and we have a very potent mix indeed.

“Lately we’ve seen more and more proof that what just a few ‘conspiranoids’ like myself were alerting years ago is now unfortunately becoming true: the war to control the Internet is being won by corrupt governments and corporations,” Soto tells TorrentFreak.

“We believe that the most powerful weapon we have in this important battlefield is Free Software. Constructing search engines, P2P servants, robots and what not, and releasing them all under a free license that lets everybody read the code, modify it, and replicate it, is a way to give control back to the people.”

“We believe that the most powerful weapon we have in this important battlefield is Free Software. Constructing search engines, P2P servants, robots and what not, and releasing them all under a free license that lets everybody read the code, modify it, and replicate it, is a way to give control back to the people.”

The end result are two products. The first, called Torrents Downloader, is a no-nonsense torrent client with built-in search and freely available source code. It has no adware, no third-party software ‘additions’, and at v0.1 is just beginning its life.

“We are trying to make the most streamlined Bittorrent client, one that everybody would feel comfortable with. We realized that too often, we engineers tend to build software that we love to use but our moms would hate, and we want to change that!” Soto explains.

The second product in the Spaniard’s offering is almost certainly going to cause chaos. Soto and friends have secured one of the most desirable domain names (torrents.com) to launch possibly the most important torrent site (torrents.fm) in recent memory. The team have not only created a great product, but unlike the vast majority of other torrent site operators they are not hiding away. They are proud of their product and ready to stand by it – no matter what.

“We’ve been fighting for what we believe is right for almost 15 years. I received my first multi-million lawsuit from the majors six years ago. We will keep defending ourselves, and so far we’ve won on every court decision,” Soto says.

“When dealing with those organizations, you can’t avoid being harassed, but you can avoid losing the legal fight. Moreover, we’re open to sustainable partnerships with content companies but not to being controlled by copyright conglomerates that are merely protecting dying, legacy business models.”

The indications are, however, that Soto will indeed find himself in a head-on collision with Hollywood and the major labels. His torrent site is not only beautifully presented (Soto says his team comprises the most talented designers and coders he’s ever met), but also indexes tens of millions of torrents linking to every kind of content imaginable.

“Our robots are crawling everything, they discover new torrent sites on a daily basis. Some have a small number of magnets, others have vast amounts of torrent files. Either way, we work to make everything easily findable. We just surpassed the 30 million files mark and we are rapidly growing,” Soto explains.

So how will Soto and his team make themselves less of a target? Most importantly the site will remove links to unauthorized content within the parameters of applicable law but Soto says that being tough is equally important.

“In the past we have found that by doing the right thing, and fighting every legal attack, not surrendering to injustice, are the only ways to endure. Sooner or later, every industry that believes they can make a living from litigation ends up eaten by their own business model,” he explains.

For the entertainment industries, learning from the lessons of the past would be a good place to start, the Spaniard says.

“History repeats itself. In the past, some of today’s biggest money makers for Hollywood were enemies but they put down their weapons and subsequently made money together, like the infamous fight between broadcasters and cable companies, who now make billions of dollars together. We’re open to talks but we will continue to defend the open internet for society’s sake,” he concludes.

Torrents.fm can be found here and test pilots for Torrents Downloader should head over here.

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USING TORRENTS.FM AND DOWNLOADER

Usually, there are those who set up search engines and torrent sites while others create bittorrent clients. But Pablo Soto has come up with both. He has launched a torrent site and a bittorrent client together.

Soto’s torrents.fm site is basically a search engine (like bitsnoop) though it looks like a jazzed-up (with more graphics) piratebay. But unlike piratebay, torrents.fm does not allow for sharing or uploading of files. Do a search and it will throw up not only a fairly detailed torrent description but a list of related torrents as well. You can download a torrent file and use it on other torrent clients (such as Utorrent) or you can install torrents.fm’s very own downloader (called Torrents Downloader).

At the moment, the Torrents Downloader is only available for the PC (Mac and Linux versions “coming soon”.) Unlike other torrent clients, the Torrents Downloader allows the user to do a search on the torrents.fm site; select and download the torrent. The Downloader also comes with a media player to view/play the file that has been downloaded. To paraphrase Soto, this is bittorrent even your mother or grandmother can use.

But this is really bittorrent for those who are afraid of bittorrenting. As a search engine, the torrents.fm site is fine and should prove a challenge to sites such as bitsnoop. Those who want to share will probably stay with piratebay.

While the Downloader is considered simple to use, experienced users will still prefer torrent clients such as Utorrent, Vuze and Transmission. Unlike, say, Utorrent or Transmission, the Downloader does not allow the user to download selected files in the torrent. As torrenting is a sharing process, there is also no share-ratio indications, so there is no idea how much you have uploaded.

While the media player is a nice touch, it is a rather rudimentary player. You cannot spec a separate subtitles file for those “foreign language” films. At least for now, the free VLC media player seems an indispensable software for any computer. But more importantly, there is a feeling that the torrents.fm tracker is capping torrent speed. For instance, tried downloading a 7GB mkv file. While there are about 40 seeders and 4 leechers, the download speed was capped around 1MBps (this is on fibre and after adjusting the download/upload specs).

Overall, the torrents.fm site can be a formidable search engine while the Downloader leaves a lot more to be desired (it’s only version 0.1). As it is, this is bittorrenting for beginners.

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  1. One Response to “MOST IMPORTANT TORRENT SITE IN YEARS TO TAKE THE INTERNET BY STORM”

  2. All I can say is, I’m glad I’m not a musician.

    By Bernard on Dec 31, 2013

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