|Slogan||An open tracker project|
Type of site
|424,489 (Jan 2015[update])|
OpenBitTorrent's initiative to provide a free, stable service with no ties to indexing sites or even hosting torrent files has been a public success and it has spawned several copies with almost identical services.
OpenBitTorrent has been suspected of being a part of, or a side project of, The Pirate Bay, because it was observed early on that both sites used the same trackers. The OpenBitTorrent project has countered by stating that the sites merely shared a tracker cluster operated by DCP Networks and Fredrik Neij during a startup period (February through August 2009).
From July 16 to August 2, 2012, OpenBitTorrent went offline protesting the lack of adoption of a protocol improvement by the makers of uTorrent, that was proposed by Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij. As a result of the protest, many people had trouble downloading files on BitTorrent.
As of February 22, 2015, the OpenBitTorrent tracker is unreachable. The website remains online, but the OpenBitTorrent tracker address has been removed.
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- "OpenBitTorrent Tracker Muscles In On The Old Pirate Bay". TorrentFreak.
- "Hollywood Lands Triple Strike On Pirate Bay, OpenBitTorrent". TorrentFreak.
- "The Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down for Good". TorrentFreak.
- "Largest BitTorrent Trackers Go Offline in Protest". TorrentFreak.
- "PublicBitTorrent and OpenBitTorrent Trackers Return". TorrentFreak.
- "Updated: Pirate Bay Founder Fredrik Neij Arrested in Asia". TorrentFreak.
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