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An Overview of the BitTorrent Lawsuits in 2018 (US)

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:52 pm

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File-sharing is nothing new. Napster essentially pioneered a new industry on its platform, which became the flagship for peer-to-peer (P2P) computing. People made their own media available for others across the world to download at no cost to either party. As times change, so does technology, and as Napster slipped into the annals of history, BitTorrent arose to take its place.

The key difference between the two is in the way files are downloaded. With Napster, an entire file, a song, for instance, was downloaded from one user to another. BitTorrent made it possible to download files one piece at a time so that no single user is required from start to finish; rather, any number of individuals across the service can play host to the file’s bits and pieces. As those bits and pieces flew from computer to computer, however, the media companies were taking note and preparing lawsuits to make BitTorrent part of the Napster past. BitTorrent lawsuits in 2018 became something of a cottage industry, as more were filed than in any previous year.

The issue, as mentioned briefly above, is the lack of an official transaction taking place. There is no payment from the receiver to the manufacturer or creator of the media in question, only the “free” transmission of files across the Internet’s vast network. This is also the allure of such a service, of course. In other words, why pay for something when you can get it for free?

Of course, I’m being facetious. The matter is a major issue for attorneys all over the United States. On the one side are lawyers suing on behalf of artists, creators, and media conglomerates. On the other are attorneys whose job it is to defend the vast swathes of the public who have downloaded copious amounts of content — music, movies, video games, computer applications, etc. — without paying for it first.

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