January 21, 2005 2:19 PM PST

Exeem opens new file-swapping doors

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few sites, such as SuprNova and LokiTorrent, emerged as hubs for the swapping community, posting hundreds or even thousands of links to pirated versions of movies, albums, TV programs and software.

Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America launched an all-out legal attack on these sites, succeeding in removing many of them from the Web. SuprNova was the most popular of these, but its operators said they were withdrawing, in part, to focus instead on the Exeem software.

BitTorrent, the second generation
Although Exeem is likely to spark the most interest among inveterate file swappers, a handful of other software applications are also dramatically extending BitTorrent's capabilities.

Canadian engineering student Sajeeth Cherian recently released a program called Videora, which aims to merge BitTorrent and the blogging world's Really Simple Syndication (RSS) tool. Other bloggers have experimented with this notion before, but Videora may be the first to package the idea into a commercial, simple-to-use interface.

"Instead of just searching, this lets you personalize it and have it brought to you."
--Sajeeth Cherian, engineering student

The program allows its users to "subscribe" to specific types of content--largely focused on TV programming--and then download it as links to it appear on various Web sites. Cherian sees it as an online version of TiVo; it has similar built-in tools, such as a "want list" and a "season ticket," which allow users to set the software automatically to download all episodes of a show, whenever they appear.

Cherian said his software, which he's selling for $23, makes finding content even easier than using a search tool.

"Anybody can use this tool to get their content to people," he said. "Instead of just searching, this lets you personalize it and have it brought to you."

For now, the tool is filled both with online videos and a smattering of TV shows and Japanese anime cartoons, many of which are technically illegal to distribute. Another new BitTorrent tool, called Torrentocracy, is aimed at letting independent media producers distribute video online legally and watch it on their televisions.

"By running Torrentocracy on a computer connected to your television, you not only become a viewer of any available content from the Internet, but you also become a part of a vast grassroots media distribution network," the developers' site reads. "This is not about the illegal distribution of media, but rather, it's about enabling an entirely new way to receive the video which you watch on your TV."

The shadowy Swarm
Little is known about Exeem developer Swarm Systems to date. The software and Web site point to an address on the

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It's time the MPAA pulled their head out of their a*s
and offer content at reasonable prices on the Internet. Also stop trying to gouge consumers with this BlueRay and HD crap and simply put high def movies on DIVX or XPEG that can fit on a regular DVD.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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You want to stop piracy?
You have to find the real cause of it! These people <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.electic.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.electic.com</a> have the right idea. You find the groups that put out movies and music and you dont go after Level 3 users. BayTSP, a joke of a company, catches nothing but 12 year old girls and 65 year old grandfathers.

The core group of pirated content providers is very small and some of them have been around since the 80s. I only hope the MPAA pulls its butt and embraces thinking like this. Certainly BayTSP has no clue how to think and employes the same technologies the music industry used...we know how that turned out.
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I want to Stop over-pricing
There is no reason for movie at the theaters to cost $10 + $10 for a popcorn and a drink. For a family of four the cost is about $60. A CD of music from two or more decades ago costs the same as new CD. The average concert ticket is &gt; $50. A T-shirt is &gt; $25. Even with adjustment for inflation it's still overcharging. Plus, old stuff is suppose cost less not more. The movie industry is atleast trying when you see DVD's 2 for $10 or 4 for $20. The only time a music cd gets below $10 is when it's used or the artist completely sucked.
Posted by ledzep75 (53 comments )
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Will they ever learn?
Time after time, the weasels at the RIAA/MPAA sue a company (or kids and their grandparents) and more and better ones spring up. No matter how many people share these files, I don't believe that it hurts the music or movie industry one bit. In fact, all indications are that the industries are thriving despite the dl'ing. They should go after the real crooks who make and sell thousands of copies who COMPETE with them for their customers. Dl'ers are NOT competing with them, and NOT taking away sales.

I think that their tactics are just turning off more customers, and forcing them to look elsewhere for something better. The phrase "shooting themselves in the foot" comes to mind. I don't even dl music or movies and they're ticking me off to the point I have nearly quit buying CD's and movies all together. I still buy concert DVD's, if I get a good deal, The DTS and 5.1 surround are awesome on a killer system (which I have)
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I've stopped buying new CD's
now I just buy used ones on sites such as half.com
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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!!WARNING !! eXeem Contains Cydoor and Looksmart Toolbar
Cydoor and Looksmart adware components are bundled with each installation of eXeem. See <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.exeem.com/privacy.htm" target="_newWindow">http://www.exeem.com/privacy.htm</a>

There is a distribution of eXeem without the adware features called eXeem Lite. See <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.exlite.net/" target="_newWindow">http://www.exlite.net/</a>
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Or
Yes the full version comes with adware and spyware. Fortunately it isnt a required component of the software and can be removed with a spyware remover tool like Adaware or Spybot without losing functionality.

Just removing the spyware after installation was my preferred route since I tend to be more suspicious of third party "lite" versions that I am of the ones that outright say they have spyware in them. But thats just me.

In any case if your as paranoid as I am there is still a third option as I mentioned above ;)
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Spyware?
Well duh? The article stated that!!!!!!
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Scott..
..many people unknowingly install these things because its stuck in the 3000+ word disclaimer that would take an entire afternoon to read.
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