Torrent technology might have been a catalyst for the music piracy movement, but its inventors are keen to highlight its legal potential.
According to BitTorrent who invented the peer-to-peer technology which seeds files from one home user to others, their platform has been used to deliver 124 million legal downloads in the first half of 2012.
They conducted a study of 405 million music downloads over BitTorrent in 2012, though it seems to suggest that a majority of transfers were illegal. Hardly the best announcement to make, but it's a fair point: BitTorrent can move a lot of legal data if you want it to.
"What this statistic shows very clearly is there's a lot of good, legitimate content in the BitTorrent ecosystem that is adding value to the careers of the artists and publishers who decided to release their work using the protocol," BitTorrent's Matt Mason told TorrentFreak.
The company could only track legal torrents through their own system, which suggest that legal torrent use is much higher elsewhere. "Whatever that number is, one thing is certain; to say BitTorrent is just for illegal file-sharing is flat-out wrong," added Matt.
A recent report discovered that US music fans download more illegal music than any country in the world, with 405 million music releases downloaded worldwide. Today's news suggests that it's not all illegal, but piracy remains a problem for the industry and appears set to continue.
Have you ever downloaded legal music over torrents? Will it ever work at a larger scale, or are torrents too tied to illegal piracy? Let us know your view in the comments.