A British web statistics analysis firm has said that file sharing program BitTorrent is responsible for an astonishing 35% of all traffic on the Internet right now.
Leaving aside the question of how much of that massive activity involves the illegal swapping of files (BitTorrent, like Napster and Kazaa before it, does have some legitimate applications – really), that is a massive amount of Internet traffic.
Of course this huge amount of traffic is in little tiny pieces, as that is the beauty of the BitTorrent model. Rather than download one enormous file, BitTorrent users download little snippets (“torrents”) of a file, and then the torrents are put back together as a single file on the receiving computer.
One other thing which BitTorrent has going for it is that it really does have plenty of legitimate application, and indeed many are already emerging. This is not only good from a holistic societal sense, but means that BitTorrent will be able to better withstand any legal challenge which may try to paint them as a service whose only possible reason for being is to enable illegal file sharing.
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