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BitTorrent Gets $8.7 Million in VC Funding

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the shot-in-the-arm dept.

The Almighty Buck 151

Brandon writes "BitTorrent just got a massive infusion of cash from venture capital firm DCM Doll. It looks like BitTorrent is hoping to cozy up with the content creators. From the article, 'Neither BitTorrent nor DCM have publicly stated how a legitimate service would work, but industry insiders have been busy speculating on how the distributed peer-to-peer service could help movie studios and filmmakers make for-pay content available.' Will this awaken Microsoft's Avalanche?"

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151 comments

Two in a row! (5, Insightful)

LoganAvatar (869001) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680316)

Dupe: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/09/27/183246 [slashdot.org] can we go for 3 dupes in a row?

Re:Two in a row! (1)

slarshdot (211836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680366)

At least this one wasnt still on the front page.

I think the admins have given up on reading their own site.

Re:Two in a row! (5, Funny)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680367)

can we go for 3 dupes in a row?

If we did, that'd be 26.1 million in funding. w00t!

Re:Two in a row! (2, Interesting)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680376)

Its not even funny. Its like Slashdot bombing or something. We should keep a list of the number of dupes each 'editor' posts. It should be for their karma!

Re:Two in a row! (4, Funny)

yppiz (574466) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680447)

Someone needs to set up a torrent to serve up the dupes. Think of all the money OSDN could save just from reduced bandwidth!

--Pat

Re:Two in a row! (3, Interesting)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680525)

Eh I'm pretty sure bandwidth==money for OSDN, with the Ad's and all.

Re:Two in a row! (4, Interesting)

jargoone (166102) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680547)

I started up my laptop, and thought for sure that I had forgotten to refresh all the tabs on my browser. Sure enough, I had. I should have known better!

Slashdot needs a "last refreshed" time on the page, so that you'll know if you've left your browser open, or if you're seeing a dupe.

Re:Two in a row! (2, Funny)

Glendale2x (210533) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680568)

Damn... this is the first time i checked slashdot today, and for a second there I thought I'd gone back in time.

Dupayola (5, Interesting)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680706)

Judging from the editor's comment at the end of the previous dupe acknowledging its dupeness, these dupes are in fact deliberate. But maybe not for the reason stated.

Think about the slashdot effect for a moment. You've seen what happens when a site that can't handle traffic gets slashdotted. Now think what happens on a site which has ad-supported stories that can handle the traffic. Especially if it is a deep-pocketed advertiser.

Then consider how a site that didn't get the slashdot-effect ad impressions for a particular story because slashdot linked to another else first. Give them a dupe and maybe a commitment for a few more linked stories to make them happy and keep the kickbacks coming.

Makes you want to run your own news aggregating site, huh?

Re:Two in a row! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680776)

No, this is *another* 8.75 million! :P

DUPE from Sep 27 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680318)

DUPE from Sep 27

Wait, I'm getting deja vu (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680319)

Dupe?

Where have I seen this before? (5, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680324)

Slashdot Search: bittorrent [slashdot.org] yields this article [slashdot.org] , which claims a $8.75 million figure. Has the funding been cut by $50,000 or something?

Re:Where have I seen this before? (1)

Kjuib (584451) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680540)

NO... But details are lost as stories get Duped... or maybe it is a bad rounding error. I think it is the Slashdup effect though.

Re:Where have I seen this before? (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680626)

Don't worry - google is going to help NASA come up with a solution to bad rounding errors. I submitted an article about their recent collaboration - it should be coming up shortly!

Re:Where have I seen this before? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680678)

Slashdot articles coming your way in the near future: "FreeBSD 4.0 Released", "Linux Kernel 2.2.2 Released", "Abacus Patented By Amazon" ...

Dupeg (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680672)

details are lost as stories get Duped

It's called Dupeg (it's lossy duping format).

Re:Where have I seen this before? (1)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680713)

"Slashdot Search: bittorrent yields this article, which claims a $8.75 million figure. Has the funding been cut by $50,000 or something?"

That's the value today, in real terms - accounting for the deprectaion due to inflation - since the last time this story was posted on /. two days ago.

old news (0, Redundant)

ScuttleEnough (898616) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680326)

This was posted several days ago on slashdot.

Dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680328)

Wasn't this on yesterday or the day before?

Re:Dupe! (1)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680762)

Wasn't this said a message ago or on the post before?

All together, class. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680331)

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPE. (Dupe, dupe, dupe, dupe, and a lameness filter)

Re:All together, class. (4, Funny)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680363)

WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE. (Would you like some cheese and crackers, dupewhiners?)

Re:All together, class. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680385)

yeah, you're right, it's simply too much to expect that an EDITOR would, you know, EDIT stuff.

Re:All together, class. (1)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680414)

Yeah, put them in their place, grammar nazi [slashdot.org] . I'd rather see dupe whiners than someone who only corrects people [slashdot.org] or posts many [slashdot.org] extremely [slashdot.org] in-depth [slashdot.org] comments [slashdot.org] . All in a 3 day period [slashdot.org] .

Which is worse? He that whines about dupes or he that whines about the whiners? Or perhaps I'm worse. At least I don't try correcting [slashdot.org] trolls, though.

Re:All together, class. (1)

F_Scentura (250214) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680482)

Yeah, it's not like people pay for slashdot or anything...

Re:All together, class. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680634)

HEHE
TheFlyingGoat got you good!!
your so lame!!

Oh so close.... (0, Redundant)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680333)

E-mailed about ten seconds after the article got posted, I guess. Five minutes just isn't enough time to find the dupes in the /. history.....

Although.... Yeah, two in a row is rather excessive, I think.

Healthy Venting Space != poking rabid dogs with sticks to see the foam...

Re:Oh so close.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680403)

Yeah but it makes it seem like the Google one was just an accident, instead of payola.

Dupeness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680334)

Dupitty-dupe

I wonder what they are planning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680335)

...with that 17.4 million. Seems like bittorrent is getting money from everywhere these days.

Echo !!!! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680336)

Erm is there an Echo in here ! I am sure I read about this the other day.

Re:Echo !!!! (2, Funny)

DaveCar (189300) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680620)

... day ...

Re:Echo !!!! (1, Funny)

DaveCar (189300) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680637)

... day ....

Re:Echo !!!! (0)

DaveCar (189300) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680650)

.... day.

Re:Echo !!!! (0, Offtopic)

hattig (47930) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680698)

... gay.

(sorry, it had to be done) :)

When will it stop? (4, Funny)

rduke15 (721841) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680337)

So that's 17.4 millions now?

DUPE!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680338)

Two Dupes in a row. Nice.

Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680342)

Gets 5.34$ in dupe-prevention funding.

$17.4 million (2, Funny)

dameron (307970) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680347)

Wow, it doubles every day.

just in (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680350)

just in - 8.7 million in funding buys lots of dupes!

Ah yes! More dupes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680351)

I love the quality control on here. I've actually changed my start page from slashdot.org to wired.com. At least at wired they have more useful content that never gets duped. Thanks /.

Wow... (1, Redundant)

powerlinekid (442532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680354)

Editors, we going for a new record today?

Speaking of which, what is the record for dupes in a row? I would guess 3 - 4 (April fools doesn't count).

Come on guys, you can do it... almost there.

Cut 'n' paste job - Cowboyneal makes it TOO easy!! (5, Funny)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680356)

Slashdot EeziPost (TM) MK I

#NB: For obvious reasons, the first option is ENABLED by default - remember to turn off if you are NOT responding to a dupe

[X] Another: [X] Dupe [ ] Slashvertisment [X] WTF [X] $editor is a dork

[ ] Frist psot [ ] link to GNAA [ ] Link to goatse [ ] $random_drivel

[ ] I Haven't RTFA, but... $random_opinionated_comment

[ ] Slashdotted already!. I bet their server runs on $topic_item too

[ ] Soul_sucking registration required

[ ] Mod Parent [ ] up [ ] Down

[ ] Fsck: [ ] SCO [ ] Micro$oft [ ] DMCA [ ] DRM [ ] MPAA [ ] RIAA [ ] Google [ ] Bush [ ] You all

[ ] I for one welcome our new $topic_item overlords

[ ] Imagine a beowulf cluster of those

[ ] In Soviet Russia, $topic_item owns you!

[X] Meh!

[ ] Netcraft confirms $topic_item is: [ ] dead [ ] dying

[ ] But have the inventors thought of what will happen if $random_amateur_insight

[ ] Once again the USA is clamping down on my [ ] Amendment rights.

[ ] You insensitive clod

[ ] But people who download music from P2P networks are more likely to buy the album

[ ] Cue DVD Jon-type crack in 3..2..1

[ ] Torrent, anyone?

[ ] Here's a link to a patch: $random_linux_distro_url

[ ] Profit!!

[ ] Still no cure for cancer

MOD PARENT FUNNY! (4, Interesting)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680402)

And if you can please add it to the subculture wikipedia item. Thank you :)

Re:MOD PARENT FUNNY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680451)

I think what you meant was
[X] Mod Parent [X] up [ ] Down

Re:MOD PARENT FUNNY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680735)

And if you can

Err, if you could post that, I guess you can too.

Re:Cut 'n' paste job - Cowboyneal makes it TOO eas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680437)

Hey you diddnt check:

[ ] Torrent, anyone?

or

[ ] Profit!!

Re:Cut 'n' paste job - Cowboyneal makes it TOO eas (1)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680496)

You, sir/madam, are hysterically funny. Biggest laugh I've had all week. Thanks! :-)

-Stephen

Re:Cut 'n' paste job - Cowboyneal makes it TOO eas (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680732)

[X] You're welcome. L3K (Male)

Re:Cut 'n' paste job - Cowboyneal makes it TOO eas (1)

boise_bagpiper (849108) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680512)

But... if it weren't for those types of comments there wouldn't be any comments to read!

Re:Cut 'n' paste job - Cowboyneal makes it TOO eas (1)

fliplap (113705) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680515)

Oh man, quality stuff there. I knew there was a reason I still read slashdot.

Re:Cut 'n' paste job - Cowboyneal makes it TOO eas (1)

Wah (30840) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680549)

[X] Still no cure for cancer.

/fixed it for ya.

Oh, forgot the linux one too (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680596)

[ ] "Yeah, but does it run Linux?"; if($summary has 'linux') add "Oh, wait..."

Re:Oh, forgot the linux one too (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680660)

Thanks - added to next version.

No, really? (1)

Rodness (168429) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680357)

"Though the application has found legitimate uses, the company wants to distance itself from any association with piracy."

You mean they're not jumping up and down screaming "Hey publishers, we made it really easy for people to pirate your products!"

Napster tried to distance themselves too, but it didn't work out so well for them. At least these guys had the foresight (thanks to Napster's trailblazing) to have a decentralized architecture.

Re:No, really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680445)

Congratulations on being the first post that wasn't complaining that this was a dupe.

Dupe Rhymes With Poop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680365)

God bless America.

Piracy (-1, Redundant)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680368)

No matter how you slice it, piracy is enormous business. Never mind the millions that KaZaa made, of the millions that are made on .ru music sites -- there are dozens of downstream businesses which benefit directly from piracy.

For example: Just because Apple makes money on iTunes (ie: legitimate music sales) they make far, far more on sales of the iPod -- which are prediated on the availability of free pirated music. iTunes keeps Apple's music initiatives legitimate, but to say that Apple hasn't benefited from piracy would be wrong.

And let's talk about storage media: How much will Seagate, iOmega, yada yada yada, benefit from storing pirated digital movies? Tons!

Piracy is huge business.

MOD PARENT DOWN - PLAGIARISM (4, Insightful)

Johnboi Waltune (462501) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680462)

This is an exact copy of a post by 'popo' [slashdot.org] from the previous BitTorrent/venture capital thread.

Re:MOD PARENT DOWN - PLAGIARISM (1)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680627)

Thank you Captain Obvious! *thunk*

Re:Piracy (4, Funny)

besenslon (918690) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680463)

This have to be a new feature of /. - dupe not only the story, but the comments as well. Is it automatically enabled or I have to select a checkbox somewhere?

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=163583&cid=136 60672/ [slashdot.org]

Re:Piracy (3, Informative)

bedroll (806612) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680513)

Sadly, it appears that it's just plagarism and karma whoring. It would be great social commentary if there were a least some form of attribution. I should be noted that he did the same thing in response to the last duped story [slashdot.org] .

Re:Piracy (1)

ki4iib (902605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680526)

In that case, it seems to be social commentary anyway.

Re:Piracy (1)

bedroll (806612) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680583)

It is. Read his journal. He's doing this as an expose on the community and failures of moderation. Sadly, in some ways he's rather insightful.

Re:Piracy (0, Offtopic)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680608)

Yes, its a comment on the failure of slashdot and the karma and moderation system. All it takes to get good karma is to post something quickly - as long as the content doesn't challenge the average readers worldview.

Slashdot Funding. (2, Funny)

lexsco (594799) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680384)

How much funding would Slashdot require to stop posting so many #$%$@^ dupes ??

Re:Slashdot Funding. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680476)

Where's Slashdot's Dr. Evil contributer when you need him!?

Good on 'em (5, Interesting)

Johnno74 (252399) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680390)

This sort of thing legitimizes p2p networks.

I have a 4-month old daughter at home, so my wife and I don't really get to go out to the movies any more - so I download new releases and we watch them at home, and we can still keep up with our childless friends who go to the movies :)

I do this without any guilt, because if the MPAA etc would get off their arses and build a decent delivery system where I could pay (a reasonable fee - not the full cost of a cinema ticket!!) to download the latest movies then I would.

Re:Good on 'em (2, Insightful)

Frodo Crockett (861942) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680433)

I do this without any guilt, because if the MPAA etc would get off their arses and build a decent delivery system where I could pay (a reasonable fee - not the full cost of a cinema ticket!!) to download the latest movies then I would.

Actually, the full cost of a cinema ticket ($8ish dollars where I live) would not be a bad price for a high-quality non-DRM'd movie. Consider that if you went to the theater, you'd have to pay for two tickets, unless the wife is young enough to get in for free. ;) You'd also pay ridiculous prices for sodas, popcorn, and candy at the theater.

Mod all dupes redundant! (-1, Redundant)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680391)

Er, i mean, the posts saying that the story is dupe... erm, now I wonder if this post should be modded redundant too, since probably there have been thousands of request like this before... ARGH! Can I at least welcome our dupe overlords? :) Er, nevermind, it's been probably posted somewhere else, too... bummer.

Legitimate service? (4, Interesting)

malkavian (9512) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680400)

So, the great downloads of the software demos, the linux distros and so on haven't been legitimate?
Again, I'm left feeling rather let down by statements that seem to indicate that unless somethings signed off and tide up by the content cartels, it's somehow illegitimate.

How do I make sure my own songs are legitimate? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680426)

Again, I'm left feeling rather let down by statements that seem to indicate that unless somethings signed off and tide up by the content cartels, it's somehow illegitimate.

Given the precedent of liability for infringement through subconscious copying [columbia.edu] in the United States, those statements might unfortunately be accurate.

THE VC?!?!?! (1)

rel4x (783238) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680404)

WHY bring the Viet Cong into this? WHAT GOOD WILL COME OF IT?! ...oh yeah...dupe...and yet...I don't mind...there's no news like good news...twice....

Duped (0, Redundant)

planckscale (579258) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680408)

Thank you everyone! I just wanted to write of my appreciation for those readers who will unabashedly bash the slashdot editors for dupes like this. It renews my faith and gives me a good chuckle.

Also, I suppose all the comments about dupes are dupes of themselves, so instead of duping dupes, one dupe comment is sufficient, no? We could be called the biggest dupes of them all!

VC? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680409)

How will filesharing *ever* have credibility now that the VietCong supports it?

Re:VC? (2, Funny)

ki4iib (902605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680552)

THE VC?!?!?!
(Score:1)
by rel4x (783238) Alter Relationship on Thursday September 29, @05:27PM (#13680404) WHY bring the Viet Cong into this? WHAT GOOD WILL COME OF IT?! ...oh yeah...dupe...and yet...I don't mind...there's no news like good news...twice....


Uh, dupe. ;)

Re:VC? (1)

Cerdic (904049) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680780)

How will filesharing *ever* have credibility now that the VietCong supports it?

Hey, if communism means free music and movies, I'm all for it. Screw capitalism and its "downloading is stealing" attitude!

Karma Whore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680410)

Post here for karma!

Clearing Internet Cache (2, Interesting)

hagrin (896731) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680420)

... oh wait.

I seriously thought for a second that I was having a browser caching problem when I saw 2 dupes in a row.

fill in the blank (1)

bedroll (806612) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680431)

[insert random bitching about dupes here]

Why do I get the feeling.. (4, Interesting)

FreshFunk510 (526493) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680434)

.. that I read Slashdot more than the ops do? Just a thought.

Dupe (2, Interesting)

dbhankins (688931) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680450)

Slashdot: Dupes for dopes, stuff that matters so much we gotta tell you again!

Re:Dupe (1)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680744)

Slashlaugh: Dupes for dopes. Stuff that's so funny, we just have to tell the joke again.

wow (1)

tehwebguy (860335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680457)

you guys are seriously e-tarded. dupe city

Dupey Dupe Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680487)

Dupe Dupe Dupe.

Great Scott! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680498)

Yet another post to generate 1.21 Gigawatts and send Slashdot spiraling Back to the Future!

Be careful, CowboyNeal.... (0, Redundant)

Frodo Crockett (861942) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680519)

In Soviet Russia, dupes post you!

Slashdot just saved a lot of money (1, Funny)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680527)

by switching to CSS which saved them as much as 15% on their HTML usage.

But they're still trying to save even more money by reusing articles which allows for higher compression rates.

deja vu (0, Redundant)

ntxb229 (542609) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680532)

i swear sometimes when i load up slashdot.. i do a double take thinking firefox has messed up and is showing me a cached page from yesterday

Deja Vu, My My My (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13680539)

Man this really smells fishy. I had a great story about Zoomshare [zoomshare.com] partnering with linux friendly Userplane [userplane.com] . Way to go slash, in a minute I will post this again like its new news.

Why would I give up my bandwidth if I have to buy? (1, Insightful)

barfy (256323) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680551)

Peer to Peer works when it is *SHARING*. Anything else and it is stealing. Cripes.

guess the next article (0, Redundant)

digitalderbs (718388) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680560)

my guess is that linux kernel 2.6.9 was just released.

Bullseye (1)

geneing (756949) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680670)

Now RIAA will have one more target for lawsuits.

Money To be Taken (0, Redundant)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 8 years ago | (#13680755)

As rabid as the *AA's are, they may see this as an opportunity to go after some real money.

Expect a suit to be filed.

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