'Rehabilitating' BitTorrent

By Jon Newton 8/22/05

Does BitTorrent need to be 'rehabilitated'?

An article in the New York Times suggests that might be the case, and the thought is based largely on the fact that BT's fame has come about almost wholly because it's used by file sharers to, well, share files.

The huge amount of media attention focused on it is down to the fact that most BT sharing has to do with entertainment industry 'product'.

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Certainly, various politicians on the self-promotion trail found BitTorrent invaluable, and Linspire uses it to good effect as a product distribution vehicle.

But, “For most in the culture industry, the chance of the file-sharing program BitTorrent serving a positive function is as likely as Darth Vader joining Habitat for Humanity,” says the NYT.

Not to worry, though. Anime distributor ADV Films, “has decided to make the best of a bad situation” and will “publicize its new series ‘Gilgamesh’ and ‘Goddanar,’ it is releasing promotional packages - not in stores, but via the dreaded BitTorrent,” says the story.

"BitTorrent has been used extensively in a kind of underground environment up until now," ADV producer David Williams is quoted as saying, going on, "There's a large group of people who have it on their systems.”

That a fact, Dave?

“Dossiers about giant robots might not seem like the highest calling to which 21st-century technology can be put,” adds the NYT, “but as an act of electronic rehabilitation, it was a big step forward.

Now if the cartels can extract their digits from their anal orifi ..... ?


Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.


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