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Happy 10 Years TorrentFreak

This site just turned 10 years. They're up at 8501 articles, over 162,000 followers and 17,000 subscribers, and still going strong, and you can read the official announcement (and much too brief session of nostalgia) here.

Despite the title, it's not all about torrents. Through the years it's evolved to something much bigger than that, to the point where it's such a large source of unique Internet-related news even giant news syndicates like IDG frequently steal their stories. If you want to stay up-to-date on what's really going on in the world with regards to the Internet, copyright; the global war on and for freedom, this site is the #1 stop to plot at. And yes, there is a war out going on here. A war between large corporations and individuals. Sharing versus commerce. Good guys versus bad guys. Past versus future.

Copyright... what is it really? Is it good? Is it a lie? Is it an outdated model of fair use, birthed to protect artists from crooks and thieves, that is now being used against them? What ideals do we have that are simply based upon social norms we grew up to believe in? A few things you might want to question if you haven't already. I believe it's both good and bad, but it is outdated, and it's not good that it can be so easily abused by the wrong people. Like this recent scandal with Anne Frank's diary. The author is since long dead and buried, but an unrelated corporation has been profiting off of her work for years.

I look forward to change; this is where I hope to read all about that change when it comes to be. Till then, their publications amount mostly to one giant archive of articles on corporate injustice, and sites dedicated to spreading our cultural wealth, that once flourished and no longer are. But at least, it seems TorrentFreak place will be around a while yet. Here's to another 10 years, TorrentFreak!


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