Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent, says there’ll soon be a torrent search engine on bittorrent.com. There’ll be sponsored links mixed in with the search results, which isn’t anything new. They’re going to index all types of torrents I guess, even ones that help people obtain copyrighted material. I think this is pretty neat, the MPAA and RIAA might not be too exited about it though. And they have good reason not to be.
Here’s a little bit from the Wired article:
Whiz kid inventor Bram Cohen and a small cadre of developers and entrepreneurs are in the final stage of launching an advertising-supported search engine dedicated to cataloging and indexing the thousands of movies, music tracks, software programs and other files for download over Cohen’s popular BitTorrent protocol.
I originally read this at Slashdot. It’s supposed to launch within 2 weeks. I’m excited to check it out. I wonder if the MPAA or RIAA will be purchasing any advertising space on the search engine…
UPDATE: Tried going to search.bittorrent.com and was presented with a “Test for apache installation” page. I’d guess the search engine will show up at that address once it’s ready. So keep an eye there if you’re interested in trying this out once it’s available.
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