The file sharing company BitTorrent, which pioneered the peer-to-peer technology which can be found on all the leading file sharing websites, has hit back at criticism that it encourages piracy, BBC reports.
Their announcement comes soon after the series finale of "Game of Thrones," which was recently confirmed as the most popular illegal torrent of all time after being downloaded more than a million times in 24 hours.
"We don't host infringing content. We don't point to it. It's literally impossible to 'illegally download something on BitTorrent.' To pirate stuff, you need more than a protocol. You need search, a pirate content site, and a content manager. We offer none of those things. If you're using BitTorrent for piracy, you're doing it wrong," the company says in a blog post. "We don't endorse piracy. We don't tally up illegal downloads, and crown pirate-kings."
BitTorrent technology works by connecting home users with a direct line to download files straight from each other, rather than a single website, which enables high-download speeds at relatively little cost to the original website. As history has proven, it has been a big hit with piracy websites who earn big money from advertisers while linking to illegal content hosted on their user's computers.
The company adds that they've made more than two million pieces of legal content available over BitTorrent, and cite one legal video which has already broken "Game of Thrones"' record this year.
What's your view on BitTorrent technology? Is there a way to use it for good, or will it always be exploited by pirates who want to share and steal illegal content? Post your view in the comments.