OiNK, which is one of the most popular torrent sites out there (primarily for music) is letting all its users download as much as they want over the holiday season. Normally, they'd have to maintain an download/upload ratio greater than or equal to 0.5 (else they'd get castrated, drawn, quartered and fed to the dogs), but it's a free for all at the moment. To quote:
Between the 22nd of December and the 1st of January GMT (inclusive), downloading will not adversely affect your share ratio.
We will still be recording uploaded amounts, but ignoring downloaded.
For those of you who don't often download because you are concerned it will affect your stats too much, now is your chance to get everything you've wanted. Similarly, those of you who are struggling to maintain a decent share ratio, now's your chance to seed everything you've previously downloaded or upload your own stuff, knowing that it will probably be downloaded much more.
Because we don't want the site to be flooded with new users hoping to cash in on this, users who joined after December 21st are not included in this and their stats will still be recorded as normal.
If this proves too much for us to handle, we may cut this short, but really hope that won't be the case.
Merry Christmas! santa