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Saturday, April 28, 2007

P2P News: Nine Inch Nails Says "Steal Our Music", Ohio University Bans P2P

The band Nine Inch Nails, or NIN, has released three tracks from their new album Year Zero on The Pirate Bay. That's right: you can use BitTorrent to download "Capital G", "My Violent Heart", and "Me, I'm Not" for free.

The move is definitely a far-sighted attempt to test the waters of new media distribution platforms so it'll be interesting to see what effect on album sales, if any, this has.

In less encouraging news, Ohio University has banned all P2P file-sharing so while some groups are moving progressively, others are trying to turn back the clock. Of course, there are always loopholes: for instance, we've mentioned using a VPN, or virtual private network, to circumvent ISP monitoring. In this case, Ohio University is the ISP, and you want to hide your P2P traffic from it. Ohio students and other affected readers will want to read this article on bypassing ISP bandwidth throttling.

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