Like HTTP, which your browser uses to communicate with websites, BitTorrent is just a protocol. You could use your browser to download pirated content, just as you could use a BitTorrent client to download pirated content, but that isn’t the only possible use. Sure, let’s face it — BitTorrent is probably primarily used for downloading unauthorized content. But that’s far from its only use, and the protocol still has a lot of value to people who don’t pirate.
People are sharing copyrighted files over the Internet every day and in every part of the world. It’s a huge problem for record labels, film studios, TV companies, and the creative people behind the albums, movies, television shows that are being shared. We want to know, What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? Many of the laws being used to tackle the problem of piracy are failing to prevent piracy.
Laws against piracy of copyrighted materials existed well before the invention of the Internet, but this interconnected network of computers has turned piracy into an immediate and unfortunate problem for copyright owners of all shapes and sizes. The question is, where do we go from here? We sought to find answers to the problem of piracy in last week’s We Ask You column.