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Bittorrent

Why would one use it?

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data. The BitTorrent protocol allows users to distribute large amounts of data without the heavy demands on their computers that would be needed for standard Internet hosting.

How Does It Work?

(notes and image taken from Wikipedia )

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Software

Features

How to Use

Miro

Miro can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free internet TV shows and video podcasts. Miro has a simple interface designed for fullscreen HD video. Since Miro downloads most videos, you can take your shows with you, even on an airplane.

Miro is 100% free and open source, developed by a non-profit organization and volunteers around the world. Is this Legal? The way to get into legal trouble, is to "transfer" (upload, download, whatever) something without the owner's permission. This is true for any protocol be it bittorrent, ftp, http, xmodem, zmodem, usenet etc. There are numerous laws and regulations covering different locales, content, transfers, etc.

In the US this covers most music, film and non-free software. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, such as with Indie music or films and Open Source or Free software. They want their stuff circulated, to bring attention to it.

For the most part, though, artists and companies do not agree to you to obtaining their material without permission.

Many search sites have a section that cover copyright issues. The internet is global. Copyright issues are local. Think before you download.