BitTorrent Explains BitTorrent to Help Kill Piracy Associations

By Gary Cutlack on at

The developers of the BitTorrent protocol would like to distance themselves from the whole internet piracy debate, pointing out that you need clients, hosts, search engines and a whole lot more to actual steal media off the internet. So stop saying "BitTorrenting" when you actually mean "stealing" if you would.

In a post explaining the basics of the BitTorrent world, the format backer said: "The idea of a 'BitTorrent Piracy Record' is a complete fabrication. Because there’s actually no such thing as a 'BitTorrent piracy record'. Because piracy happens outside the BitTorrent ecosystem."

They added: "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."

BitTorrent is a utility, like a spoon. If you use it to gouge someone's eyes out it's not their fault. That's what they're trying to say, we think. [Bittorrent via BBC]