BitTorrent: 'We Don't Host Illegal Content'

The company behind the world's most popular peer-to-peer technology hits out at claims that it supports and encourages piracy.

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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.

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    bassmastamitch
    Sue Google, Mozilla, Apple, and all other companies who have made Internet browsers for hosting such things! And the computer companies too while we're at it!
    ShockHazard
    I thought everyone already knows how piracy works. It's the users who share the data, not Piratebay or Bittorrent yet still they get sued for copyright infringement.
    UniformRecon
    I guess their argument is to point fingers at places like PB and BT saying "You allow people to do this!" because that's not as expensive for them to do than if they were to hunt down and sue every person who torrents music.
    KampfOrange
    Yeah, and that's because it's much easier to sue a single website than to track down all the people downloading.
    a7xrocker201
    It makes sense for them to shut down these sites though, it cuts off the source that users get data from. Still, f*** people who go after PB and other entities like that, that's not the problem.
    siffudoodle
    When they say "BitTorrent technology" they just mean Peer-2-Peer networking. If we didn't have P2p Downloading games would be like Downloading off Steam; the network can only handle so much before it bottlenecks and slows down. I don't believe that the software dev's are to blame, it's like blaming gun manufacturers for the highschool massacres.
    DexterF
    Factor in guns are made to kill people in the first place and do not serve any other purpose. BT is made to distribute data and *can* be used to commit copyright infringement.
    Kaseke
    Is the BBC serious? I understand how PB is blamed, for it actually tries to promote piracy, but BitTorrent too? Come on.
    baumaxx1
    Torrent technology is amazing. I wish it was used more for legal content. That being said, I think Spotify uses it to take the load off their servers and people streaming from their PCs upload a bit in a similar fashion. Retard journalists don't know that torrents are a legal technology that was designed for legit uses rather than piracy. Every single download method could be blamed for piracy by that logic.