Recent days have seen a lot of active anti-piracy moves by many government agencies around the globe but pirates and torrent users are a resilient lot and now, they have some help from an unexpected ally. A “one of a kind” octopus called Boxopus. “He lives in the bottomless abyss of the Internet. He can stretch his tentacles and reach any content on the number of torrents-sites. Just feed him with a torrent! Whenever you do it, he’ll grab the file you need and put it in your Dropbox in a little time.” That’s the description given on the site’s webpage.
Boxopus is a new internet service using which a torrent can be directly put into your Dropbox account using the Dropbox API and thus download the content directly into your Dropbox storage space. The process is completely anonymous and you do not even need a torrent client such as BitTorrent. It’s also completely safe, as Boxopus uses the Dropbox API to transfer the torrent files and will not have access to the other contents in your Dropbox account.
Bookshops has now joined the list alternate ways to get torrent files. The other popular one is magnet links. Torrent hosting sites even have the option to add Boxopus as a torrent download option. Sites such as TorrentReactor, Fulldls.com, Vertor.com, and Torrentzap.com have already added the option. Others are expected to follow soon.
Boxopus intends to keep the service free and unlimited till the beta period. After the beta period however, free usage will be limited by restrictions.
Dropbox is fast becoming a popular cloud service due to the many useful features it provides such as easy file transfers and sharing of links and the compatibility with many apps to transfer data into the Dropbox account. Dropbox has as of yet not commented on the Boxopus service.
Update (June 25th): Press release from Boxopus, Dropbox disconnects Boxopus for unwanted features.
A new service called Boxopus was released to public beta only a couple of weeks ago. Since then it has gained attention of several popular tech blogs such as Torrentfreak, Lifehacker, Venturebeat. Number of users grew fast and hit 50,000 within several days after media coverage. All this happened because the idea behind the service is simple yet appealing. Boxopus integrates cloud file storage service provided by Dropbox and Bittorrent protocol which seems like a really demanded combination of file-sharing solutions. However, on the 25th of June Dropbox pulled the plug for Boxopus and blocked access to its API. The company explained its move with the following: “It’s come to our attention that latest Boxopus features could be perceived as encouraging users to violate copyright using Dropbox… We recommend removing Dropbox integration from Boxopus.”. This has come as a surprise to Boxopus developers whose app was in full compliance of DMCA and Dropbox Terms of Service. This behaviour makes it hard to believe that developers are treated fairly and innovation is welcome at Dropbox. It seems like legit and pre-approved applications may be blocked simply by someone’s will although they act within the scope of company’s terms and international laws. While Boxopus operations are paralyzed the company has started negotiations with other cloud file storage services to find a replacement for Dropbox.