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The Grey Lodge was an underground private torrent tracker used by millions of people per month in their quest to uncover the esoteric, strange and the downright weird. In this episode we hear from Joe Matheny, one of the founders of the site, about how it kicked off in the very early days of BitTorrent, online culture in the early days of the Internet, proto-copyright trolls, how even weirdos eventually get pursued by the MPAA, and how the demise of indie trackers from Grey Lodge to What.CD mean a net loss for our culture. Coming soon: the second part of this interview, in which Joe discusses his work as an early creator of "this is not a game" ARG experiences and his well-known work Ong's Hat, The Incunabula Papers. We'll be making that available for supporters on the Patreon (and maybe more widely) in due course. In the meantime, if you're curious to take a look at some of Joe's work, he's been kind enough to give us a free pack including Ong's Hat and some samples from his ARG! Enjoy.

Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Riley Byrne Original Music David Triana | Web Production Siraje Amarniss


Presented by TorrentFreak | Sponsored by Private Internet Access

Executive Producers: Mark Zapalac

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In this episode Brian Newman, CEO of SubGenre, discusses entertainment artists against the DMCA, British Lords against copyright trolls, and Dutch film producers suing ISPS. Brian brings fresh perspective on the question of whether piracy's really hurting indie film producers – and argues that piracy may not be a failure of morality, but of business.

Produced & Hosted by Jamie King

Edited & Mixed by  Riley Byrne

Original Music by  David Triana

Web Production by  Siraje Amarniss


Presented by TorrentFreak

This episode sponsored by  Private Internet Access

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Featuring Ashwin Navin and Dave Harrison. Ashwin was one of the founders of BitTorrent Inc., and is now CEO of Samba TV; Dave was one of the inventors of BitTorrent streaming and is Samba's CTO. We discuss Screening Room, the founder of Napster's plan to bring movies to your living room on release day; the BPI's prodigious anti-piracy efforts and why the future may doom them to failure; and the ongoing war between Google and the MPAA. Finally, Ashwin and Dave share what they've learned since the early days of BitTorrent, hint at where things are headed in the world of online TV, point to a couple of interesting developments in the P2P world, and wonder if maybe free is not the future, after all.

Produced & Hosted by Jamie King

Edited & Mixed by  Eric Bouthiller

Original Music by  David Triana

Web Production by  Siraje Amarniss


Presented by TorrentFreak

This episode sponsored by  Private Internet Access

For sponsorship enquires, please email [email protected]

Featuring Mike Masnick – CEO & Editor of Techdirt, and Evan Engstrom, Executive Director of Engine.  After discussing the extraordinary growth of academic filesharing site SciHub, the new Zeronet distributed torrent application Play, and yet another comeback from Popcorn Time, we talk about the plague of DMCA takedown notices afflicting YouTube creators, and why the law might not survive the acceleration of the digital media landscape... in its present form.

Produced & Hosted by Jamie King

Edited & Mixed by  Eric Bouthiller

Original Music by  David Triana

Web Production by  Siraje Amarniss


Presented by TorrentFreak

For sponsorship enquires, please email [email protected]