Bit Torrent protocol near death
The Pirate Bay: 'BitTorrent as a Protocol Won't Last Much Longer'
One of BitTorrent's most senior pirates speaks out in an in interview for a German blog and what he has to say may cause some concern over at BitTorrent Inc.
In Berlin to check out the Oil of the 21st Century conference this past weekend, Brokep over at The Pirate Bay was interviewed by the German blog Netzpolitik.org about his thoughts on the past, present, and future of the world's largest BitTorrent tracker site.
It is admittedly a slow at first, but about 11:40 in it gets quite interesting. When asked to discuss his vision for the future of the Pirate Bay, Brokep said he it will continue to "…still grow for a couple of months or maybe a year," but that he doesn't "...think that Bittorrent as a protocol will survive much longer."
Not around much longer? Yep, you heard it right. Brokep explained that The Pirate Bay is currently working to replace BitTorrent with a new protocol of its own.
There are apparently several reasons for the decision and none of them have anything to do with Swedish world domination. The first is is that BitTorrent Inc. recently decided to close the source of some newer additions of the BitTorrent protocol
"The biggest problem is that it's owned by the Bittorrent company, which develops new versions of it," Brokep said in the interview. "So we don't have any input as users to say what we want in the protocol. And Bittorrent is funded by companies which we don't necessarily like as well."
The second reason is that wants to develop a protocol that finally deals with the increasing influx of anti-piracy organizations, spammers, and other riff raff to the BitTorrent scene.
Running TPB, I've been thinking a lot of how to make the content cleaner for the end user. Spam-blocking, fake-blocking, and being able to clean file-names in bundles is a big thing that I would like to see more of in the new protocol.
Brokep would also like to see redundancy in uploaded content taken care of as well, something I'm sure the former MODs at OiNK would liked to have had at their disposal instead of having to post endless "dupe" warnings.
Also having the same content from several uploaders is something we see a lot of, as well as on most of the other major trackers, so being able to share peers between trackers and between users with the same files in different bundles on the same trackers (through hash search services) would really increase download speed and availability.
Brokep realizes that's a big gamble, but he thinks that's it's a necessary one. "So if our new protocol works," he says "we will be one of the big websites still. If it doesn't, maybe someone else takes over."
Moreover, Brokep says "..to compare with torrents instead of having a complicated encoded file, we simply have a '.p2p' file that is a bzip2ed file in XML format which contains a list of files in the bundle."
"This would also make all files have file-hashes which will make it even harder for fakers and spammers," he said.
The Pirate Bay crew supposedly already developed a working client, but an initial release isn't expected until sometime early next year.
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not really new.. they talk already long time about this..
heopfully, the tracker/client software will also be available for other tracker's
unfortunatly i think it won't….