All Channels

BitTorrent to Try a Paywall and Crowdfunding

LOS ANGELES — This might be the latest twist on crowdfunding — or the web equivalent of seeking a ransom.

BitTorrent, a purveyor of file-sharing technology that is widely used to gain free access to music and films, has come up with a bold proposition for its tens of millions of daily users: Spend $9.95 to help finance a planned new science fiction series and gain viewing rights to its eight episodes. Or fail to pay up, and the shows will never be made.

The story is too old to be commented.