Type of site
|Slogan(s)||An open tracker project|
|Alexa rank||424,489 (Jan 2015[update])|
|Current status||Online (Web) Offline (Tracker)|
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 16 July to 2 August 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 22 February 2015, the OpenBitTorrent tracker was unreachable. The website remains online, but the OpenBitTorrent tracker address has been removed.
On 5 May 2015, the OpenBitTorrent tracker was back online although the website still doesn't display the tracker address.
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- "Hollywood Lands Triple Strike On Pirate Bay, OpenBitTorrent". TorrentFreak.
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- "Largest BitTorrent Trackers Go Offline in Protest". TorrentFreak.
- "PublicBitTorrent and OpenBitTorrent Trackers Return". TorrentFreak.
- "Updated: Pirate Bay Founder Fredrik Neij Arrested in Asia". TorrentFreak.
- "Trackers what to do: openbittorrent is alive, opendemonii is in flux". 5 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
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