BBC readies BitTorrent distribution

And not to forget – Creative Commons. It’s great that BBC would embrace such technologies. Let’s see how it would go.

Like many broadcasters today, the BBC is open to experimenting with online video distribution, allowing viewers to watch shows online. However, due to complex copyright issues people are not generally allowed to share or remix the videos – until now. For their new R&DTV production, the BBC is using a Creative Commons license, giving the viewer the freedom to redistribute and re-use the show.

The BBC is not offering BitTorrent downloads or streams for R&DTV just yet, but they do hope to use P2P-Next (and therefore BitTorrent) for future episodes. This could be done by embedding BitTorrent powered streams in their site or alternatively they could offer regular .torrent downloads. (Source: TorrentFreak)

BitTorrent BBC ASCII art
BitTorrent BBC ASCII art

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..:dMMMMMM NMMMM/ ..-yMMMMMM- hMMMMd+..-.-mMMM/.
..MMMMM- :yyo
..MMMMM- .:::-
..MMMMM- -sso+
:MMMMMNMMMM/ .sss+. .NMMMM- hMMMm//osys+:yMMM/.
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Thank you for downloading this footage bundle from the BBC.
This is part of a project between and BBC RAD Labs.[/code]

And in true BitTorrent fashion, they distribute with an ASCII art.

Sweden internet traffic fell 33% anti-piracy law came into effect

Looks like they’ve been visiting The Pirate Bay quite a bit:

Piracy law cuts internet traffic

Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country’s new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.

Sweden’s new policy – the Local IPRED law – allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.

According to figures released by the government statistics agency – Statistics Sweden – 8% of the entire population use peer-to-peer sharing.

Popular BitTorrent sharing site, The Pirate Bay, is also based in Sweden.

Mr Engstrom said the new law was “a disaster”, not just for file-sharers, but for Sweden as a whole.

“Dealing with illegal file-sharing is a job for the police. It is their job to enforce the law. (Source: BBC)