Bit Torrent . . . . What is it?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lugesm, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    I accidentally came across a reference to Bit Torrent, and I checked their web site.

    This must be the "Napster" of today. Is this site allowing the exchange of protected media?

    Is it legal?
     
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    A way to infect your computer! ;)

    I'll let someone else answer in detail.
     
  3. bns1201 macrumors member

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    hmm is file-sharing of protected media legal?
    no, not to flame but cmon. and learn about bittorent cuz its the best
     
  4. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    Linky

    basically its a P2P file transfer system, and yer certain torrents are legal like some game updates and companies have their free software available via torrents.

    There is also a MASSIVE illegal community sharing everything from tv to software.
     
  5. NAG macrumors 68030

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  6. psychofreak Retired

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    Its a great distribution method for software from devs unwilling/able to pay the huge bandwidth costs associated with popular and regularly updated software. E.g. Linux distros and NeoOffice.
     
  7. NAG macrumors 68030

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    World of Warcraft uses it to distribute their patches.

    There is even a few legal video on demand services that use it. Verizon (and maybe comcast) are also starting to use it.
     
  8. Krafty macrumors 601

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    The "Napster" of today is Limewire.
     
  9. bhsu21 macrumors 6502

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    I read on a gadget website where a woman read about how to download torrents and then she downloaded a bunch of movies. She got a notice from Comcast telling her to stop what she was doing. I don't think the said they were going to press charges but they threatened.

    I wish I remembered where I saw that so I could show you.

    But it is a HUGE community.
     
  10. lugesm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. We all know that sharing of copyrighted media is not legal! However, I didn't get far enough into that site to see the actual content. My question, perhaps not perfectly stated, regarded whether Bit Torrent might offer useful (legal) information posted there.

    I really didn't want to download and install some program from Bit Torrent or any other site without knowing more.
     
  11. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    ya i would say that just about everyone I have encountered that uses torrents, uses them illegally
     
  12. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Of course, Comcast cares for other reasons:

    1) It's a bandwidth hog that chokes their network (or at least that's the reason they've given for throttling bittorrent access).

    2) They want to slow the adoption of internet-based entertainment since it competes with cable tv.

    3) They are potentially indirectly liable for assisting in copyright infringement.

    Personally, I'm guessing the letter came primarily for reason #1.
     

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