Starting today, all new files uploaded to the Archive will also be available via BitTorrent. In addition, a massive collection of older files including concerts from John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Maroon 5 and the Prelinger collection are also being published via torrents.
“I hope this is greeted by the BitTorrent community, as we are loving what they have built and are very glad we can populate the BitTorrent universe with library and archive materials,” Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle told TorrentFreak.
“There is a great opportunity for symbiosis between the Libraries and Archives world and the BitTorrent communities,” he adds.
At the time of writing the Internet Archive is seeding 1,398,875 torrents, but hundreds of new ones are being added every hour. The Internet Archive recognizes that BitTorrent is now the fastest way to download files.
“BitTorrent is now the fastest way to download items from the Archive, because the BitTorrent client downloads simultaneously from two different Archive servers located in two different datacenters, and from other Archive users who have downloaded these torrents already.”
In the wake of recent news featuring raids, crackdowns, DDoSes and lawsuits, this announcement from the Internet Archive brings some very welcome positive news about BitTorrent. For those who are interested in tracking how many people are leeching from the archive, here are some fancy graphs.
Brewster Kahle, born 1960) is an American computer engineer, Internet entrepreneur, internet activist, advocate of universal access to knowledge, and digital librarian. In 1992, he co-founded, with Bruce Gilliat, WAIS, Inc. (sold to AOL in 1995 for $15 million), and, in 1996, Alexa Internet (sold to Amazon.com in 1999 for $250M of stock). At the same time as he started Alexa, he founded the Internet Archive, which he continues to direct. In 2001, he implemented the Wayback Machine, which allows public access to the World Wide Web archive that the Internet Archive has been gathering since 1996. Kahle has been critical of Google‘s book digitization, especially of Google’s exclusivity in restricting other search engines digital access to the books they archive. Kahle describes Google’s ‘snippet’ feature as a means of tip-toeing around copyright issues.
Blast from the past:
Intellectual Property Activism: Aozora Bunko, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Anti-Copyright, Brewster Kahle, Hacktivism, the Pirate Bay [Paperback]
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 109. Chapters: Anti-copyright, Brewster Kahle, Hacktivism, The Pirate Bay, Pirate Party, Copyleft, Steal This Film, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Piratbyrån, Libertarian perspectives on intellectual property, TV Links, Royaldutchshellplc.com, Free culture movement, Open Rights Group, List of litigation involving the Electronic Frontier Foundation, History of music piracy, Christian Engström, PRQ, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde, Rickard Falkvinge, Download This Song, Global Network Initiative, Fredrik Neij, Wau Holland Foundation, Infoanarchism, EFF-Austin…
Once again we go through the looking glass to the hothouse atmosphere of higher learning at the Stanford Law School–a political fundraing tour for the Swedish Pirate Party hosted by Google and the Stanford Law School featuring a little chat with the head of the Swedish Pirate Party courtesy of Karl Fogel of QuestionCopyright.org. Fogel describes himself thusly: “After a brief stint as an Open Source Specialist at Google in 2006, he decided to work full-time on copyright reform and founded QuestionCopyright.org.”
What a shocking turn of events. I guess the options must have vested or something.
So on this fine July day, the Pirate King made his first stop at Stanford. Mr. Fogel is introduced to the Stanford audience by James Jacobs, who identifies himself as the International Documents Librarian at the Stanford University Library. Funny, he left off the part about he is also a board member of QuestionCopyright.org, which you would have thought he would have mentioned since he was introducing Fogel, his fellow board member whom Jacobs identified as being the “foreign secretary” for the Swedish Pirate Party. Now don’t you get confused that the Pirate Party has anything to do with the Pirate Bay. Nosireebobtail. They don’t. No connection. Just like there’s no connection between Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Army.
(Both Fogel and Jacobs serve on the QuestionCopyright board along with Brewster Kahle, whose most recent accomplishment in the copyright world is being a plaintiff for Lester Lawrence Lessig III’s latest attempt to overturn the U.S. Copyright Act. And of course the entire circus was being hosted by–Lessig’s business unit at Stanford [funded by Google in large part] where his grant writers were probably having a brown bag to catch up on goings on in Sweden before getting back to the grindstone. The Old Tripster is never far away, is he?)
“Lets build a world we are proud of, not just a profitable world for a few very large media companies. ” (Brewster Kahle, founder of the internet archive)
12 Hours Dark: Internet Archive vs. Censorship
Posted on January 17, 2012 by brewster
The Internet Archive believes that it is critical to protest and raise awareness of pending legislation in the United States: House Bill 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Archive.org is going dark for US residents from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm PDT on Wednesday January 18 (14:00 – 02:00 GMT) to drive a message to Washington. We need your help to do this. Legislation such as this directly affects libraries (pdf) such as the Internet Archive, which collects, preserves, and offers access to cultural materials. Furthermore, these laws can negatively affect the ecosystem of web publishing that led to the emergence of the Internet Archive. These bills would encourage the development of blacklists to censor sites with little recourse or due process. The Internet Archive is already blacklisted in China—let’s prevent the United States from establishing its own blacklist system.
The Internet Archive has oftentimes been used to access copies of otherwise blocked BitTorrent websites such as The Pirate Bay.