What is it?<br />Bittorrent is a file sharing program built to help individual share files or programs.<br />It is owned by the company, Bittorrent.<br />It is a program that has been involved in multiple court cases and lawsuits.<br />Clickable link<br />
Why was this Chosen? <br />I’ve used the program in the past and have some knowledge of it.<br />I’ve been curious of this programs origins.<br />This program is considered to be illegal by some.<br />Is this program the cause or is it the people behind it?<br />
The Company<br />The company was made in 2004 by Bram Cohen and AshwinNavin.<br />The company is located at San Francisco, Califonia 612 Howard St. It is located in the USA where anyone can visit.<br />The company produced the program in an effort to allow users to send files and information over long distance and in easy to access locations. <br />
How does it work?<br />The program works by having one person who has to program or file hosted to have others download off their file, called seeding.<br />Many people obtain the program or file by getting pieces and parts of it, called leaching.<br />A how to obtain and use the program summary can be located, here.<br />Clickable link<br />
What is it used for?<br />The program is used by some companies to transfer large business files.<br />This program can allow faster downloading of some free programs or files.<br />The main one which is a legal issue is piracy, downloading copyrighted music or movies<br />
Conflict<br />Copyright laws have been the main concern of the program.<br />Many movie industries have gone after individuals who downloaded or hosted download of the movie illegally.<br />Some establish writers have written concern with what free products could do to society such as Andrew Keen’s, “The Cult of the Amateur.” <br />The program is claimed to be the reason for people to be able to download illegally<br />Clickable link<br />
Court Cases<br />TorrentSpy a common search site for bittorent was brought down during a case in 2007 for destroying evidence.<br />Chan Nai-minga man in Hong Kong was placed on trial for sharing the movie, “Daredevil” in April 2005.<br />HBO distributed a cease and desist order towards Bittorrent providers in 2007.<br />
Outside of the USA<br />As mentioned before China has cracked down on file sharing.<br />Finland had many administrators and moderators of a Bittorrent website arrested for running the website<br />The Pirate Bay an anti-copyright group originated in Sweden were raided by Swedish police.<br />Clickable link<br />
Is this Hate Justified?<br />The program has been used multiple times for the use of Piracy.<br />Many lawsuits have occurred from it’s usage.<br />The program was originated to help send large files over long distances, Bittorrent inc. does not condone such actions.<br />It’s dependent on the what the user uses it for.<br />
Good it is used for<br />This program has been used by many businesses to send large files to it’s employees.<br />The program is fast for sending large files across the internet by having the program obtain pieces from many sources.<br />It helps many people obtain files or programs that are difficult to obtain.<br />Clickable link<br />
Economic Pros<br />This program has helped create jobs within the Bittorrent company.<br />The company is a million dollar corperation.<br />This program when distributing legally stimulates the with legal file sharing.<br />
Summary<br />The program was created to help send large files.<br />It has been the main focus of many court cases and criminal investigations on copyright infringement.<br />The program is still used for good purposes despite the bad rap the program has gotten.<br />
More to Look At<br />Many other programs have begun to create programs similar to Bittorrent such as Akamai and Edgecast, yet are rather unknown to many.<br />New court cases have shown up such as the AFACT vsIInet.<br />Pirate Bay has closed off their own torrent tracker to allow users to download illegally more secretly and with less relying on other websites.<br />Pirate Bay’s method of closing off the tracker may lead to an unknown future for Bittorrent being used for Piracy<br />
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