Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ubuntu to add torrent search tool

"A new scope set to be included in Ubuntu by default will allow users of The Pirate Bay to conduct BitTorrent searches directly from Unity desktop. The tool’s creator informs TorrentFreak that while there is still work to be done, the aim of the scope – which is endorsed by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth – is to embed Free Culture directly into the Ubuntu user experience." -TorrentFreak

The name "The Pirate Bay" or "TPB" automatically leads to thoughts of software piracy... especially TPB, because TPB is used to download software for free that isn't free.

The truth of the matter is though that there is a lot of content on TPB that is not pirated, and is legal.

The first example that comes to mind is Linux distributions. Most of your Linux distributions these days are available for torrent download through TPB, and those are 100% legal.

"Only torrent files are saved at the server. That means no copyrighted and/or illegal material are stored by us. It is therefore not possible to hold the people behind The Pirate Bay responsible for the material that is being spread using the tracker. Any complaints from copyright and/or lobby organizations will be ridiculed and published at the site." -The Pirate Bay "About" page

I am not trying to say that this tool can't or won't be used to download pirated material. That would be tantamount to putting a filled cookie jar on the floor of a room filled with three year old children, and then expecting the honor system to work.

However... A lot of material that is legal will also be downloaded using this integrated tool.

Here's a snapshot of the tool in action thanks to TorrenFreak:

One last note...  I download "public domain" stuff from TPB. I would not suggeest using the "all" option in the search. I do this instead:

You will see I made sure the option "porn" is unchecked. The TPB people don't care much what shows up in front of you, and if you find porn as offensive as I do, you will not want to choose "all", you will want to be far more choosy.

By the way, public domain files on the internet, as long as they truly are public domain, are 100% legal to download, use and distribute.


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