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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BitTorrent User Won’t Let 172 BBC Sites Die

BitTorrent User Won’t Let 172 BBC Sites Die

BitTorrent User Won’t Let 172 BBC Sites Die

Added: Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A recent decision to cut the budget of BBC Online will lead to complete shut-down of over 170 sites in 2011. Trying to show how cheaply such valuable data could be kept alive, some file-sharer used a sub $4 seedbox to make all those sites available in a single torrent.


Last month the BBC announced a 25% budget reduction, which will force it to axe 360 jobs in two next years. The reduction digs deep into BBC Online, meaning that around 50% of the international broadcaster’s sites won’t just stop being updated, but be shut down completely.

However, someone decided to prevent the complete removing of data. An officially anonymous file-sharer has just proved that all of those websites can be saved for posterity at an extremely cheap price. Nowadays, the on-going cost of storing the information from those websites declined to almost nothing.

The BitTorrent user launched a project with the only purpose to show how all 172 public facing services destined to deletion have been copied, archived and independently republished on the Internet for the price that can be compared to a cup of coffee (less than $4).

The anonymous file-sharer said that he started the project in order to save the online services at almost zero cost in order to widely expose the “cost savings” of this attempt of the broadcaster as a charade to appease the detractors to BBC. Of course, for executing the plan, there was no better online tool than BitTorrent networks. The same day the anonymous user knew that the BBC is going to delete over 172 sites, he started spidering them and ripping to a VPS server bought for only $4. Now this seedbox hosts the data which is all neatly wrapped up in a torrent so that anyone could download and share it. The torrent file contains each website, archived individually, letting users to download only the site they like.

Meanwhile, the torrent creator asked people to go on seeding the torrent in order to allow websites to continue existing after the broadcaster finally shut them down. Moreover, that would be great if people reconstruct and host some of those 172 websites.

In fact, that’s not the first time BitTorrent helps save a great number of websites: a year ago a huge torrent of nearly 650 GB was distributed, linking to the archive of all Geocities websites which Yahoo also preferred to close down.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

February 12th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-02-12 20:01:28)
menahunie avatarYou know the BBC is most likely gonna sue this person for "copyright" violation. If that happens then we need to help them to prove the BS claims made by "copyright" holders..

posted by Blocked (2011-02-15 05:13:10)
rahowa1488 avatari agree the bbc will sue I happen to be a fan of the bbc mostly for the shows like doctor who

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