We wonder what books scholars will write about 500 years from now. It won't be what's popular, it'll be whats pirated.
If everyone just hops on, downloads the data and disconnects without continuing to serve as a source for the data then the Internet Archive wouldn't be terribly better off than just hosting direct downloads (they'd get the benefit of leechers sharing bits between each other during the download process).
Well, we'll see.
In essence, he argues that BitTorrent can be a fantastic way of digital preservation, which is the goal of archive.org, and I suspect he uses the word 'pirated' interchangeably with 'torrented', since that's what BitTorrent is commonly associated with.
I think BT makes downloading and sharing accessible enough that more people would be encouraged to download more than they normally would and it is for sure easier for someone to see a request for a reseed for an unpopular torrent and load it up onto their tracker for a few hours than it is to try and rehost it.
As long as archive.org is seeding everything all the bits are there..
It still has a problem with non-popular content being hard to find, but not nearly as much.
trying to work out if it's available via torrent now...
"Decent chilean electronica" nice, but the Internet Archive has an impressive collection of live music; you can thank the Grateful Dead for letting people tape their concerts .
My recommendation for awesome singer/songwriter with a lot of content (SBDs) on archive.org, Danny Schmidt(2). If you live near Austin you should definitely try and see him live. When Danny was asked if it was okay to put his material on archive.org he said:
"Sure, I'm fine with your posting the recording on there. Do I need to do anything to formally give my permission -- or is this email enough?
Thanks for thinking of me -- and thanks for helping spread my music around to new ears. I really appreciate that. And thanks for the heads up about Archive.org.
All the best --
ah, ok, so if it's a torrent it's listed as such in the download links.
and it's the etree collection (the concerts) that seems to be what is available. you can search with "collection:etree" in the search. so "bluegrass AND collection:etree", for example.
edit: assuming it's in one of the collections we're currently testing on. (all the opensource_* ones) (etree and netlabels _should_ be all torrentized [we hope])
i don't particularly want that album (i probably already have it thanks!) but it doesn't mention a torrent that i can see (the etree files have torrent in the links). and that's the same for all netlabel files (not many) that i have checked.
in comparison, http://archive.org/details/SPBB2006-04-29 (bluegrass etree!) does have a bittorrent link (bottom right).
i don't understand your opensource_ comment, but pueblo nuevo is a netlabel. so it seems to me that etree have torrents, but netlabels do not.
(this is just in case it helps / it's likely i am confused / no criticism intended / thanks for doing all this)
second popular one.
"Free knowledge to everyone" -- we're not quite there yet, and I would stick with the various OpenCourseWare-type free-university-education initiatives. The Internet Archive as I understand it is aiming more to be a library than a synthetic learning resource.
I was referring to knowledge not as in education but as in the corpus of all media. For learning resources universities will almost always be a better bet. That's what they're for after all (and research, obviously).
Rule 34 of the Internet. If it exists, there will be porn of it. In this case, the new series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has received a lot of attention due to Bronies, who are men and women outside of the target audience, yet fans of the show. A minority of them create and consume this kind of content.