February 13, 2007 by Bruce
I’ve created a new guide to the coolest new (FREE) technology, called BitTorrent.
It allows you to download (FOR FREE) tons and tons of media….
Everything is available — ALL movies, music, tv shows, books, videos, audiobooks, etc.
Of course, do not download anything that is protected by copyright….
But there is TONS and TONS of stuff that is not copyright protected… and put out there with the request, “Please download this and share it with all your friends!”
OUR OWN SHOWS are only one example of this — totally FREE and LEGAL content…
Check out this guide I wrote, called, “How to Download Everything you Want for Free — a beginners guide to downloading the movies, tv, music, books, and audiobooks you want”
It is here, “How to Download Everything you Want for Free”….. http://brucewagner.com/free
And please spread the word — forward this message on to all your friends…
UPDATE: Now that I have scrapped Windows and Mac, and instead only use Ubuntu… BitTorrent is built-in to the operating system. This is so so slick. No need to install a program like uTorrent any more — because Ubuntu comes with BitTorrent clients, Transmission and Deluge, built-in. (see Windows vs. Ubuntu’s Best Applications)
See Also: How to Not Get Sued for File Sharing
And here is an email response I got today…
I forwarded your email to a friend of mine and this is what he had to say about it.
BitTorrent, the software Bruce is touting, is one of many Peer-To-Peer (P2P) file sharing applications available in the murky world of cyberspace. Once you have downloaded and installed a P2P client, if you are connected to the Internet you can launch the utility and are then logged into a central indexing server. This central server indexes all users who are currently online and connected to the server. This server does not necessarily host any files for downloading. The P2P client will contain an area where you can search for a specific file. The utility queries the index server to find other connected users with the file you are looking for. When a match is found the central server will tell you where to find the requested file. You can then choose a result from the search query and your utility will then attempt to establish a connection with the computer hosting the file you have requested. If a successful connection is made, you will begin downloading the file. Once the file download is complete the connection will be broken.
The technology was devised initially to share (illegally) music files but many providers have long since gone belly-up due to copyright infringement problems and increased cyber enforcement and fines. I’m leery of installing P2P software on my system mainly from a security standpoint. This stems primarily from the architecture itself. Most blocking and routing is handled by a specific server within a network, but the P2P architecture has no single fixed server responsible for routing and/or security. Thus, I’m not willing to install the client program and don’t wish to be tied into a peer-to-peer network.
I know that most people say P2P programs are free and legal, but it’s always with the caveat (as in Bruce’s email) ‘do not download copyright material’. While this is all fine and dandy, that is really what people are searching for and hence the popularity of these programs. My advice is to steer clear but advice like anything else is only worth what you paid for it which in this case is nothing…
Some good comments.
Here is my reply…..
BitTorrent is only a technology… just like Email…… or Skype….
It’s only illegal if you use if for illegal purposes.
If you transmit illegal files via email or skype…. It’s EXACTLY the same thing…
(1) BitTorrent technology is new, and does NOT have a central indexing server. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bittorrent )
(2) The BitTorrent technology did NOT originate with illegal file sharing, nor music sharing. He may be referring to Napster, Kazaa, eDonkey, eMule, etc.
BitTorrent was NOT created for illegal file sharing… (in spite of the fact that many people DO use it for that today…) Read some of the writings of Bram Cohen, the creator of BitTorrent.
(3) On November 23, 2005, the movie industry and BitTorrent Inc., whose CEO is the creator of BitTorrent, Bram Cohen, signed a deal to work together. They are licensing this distribution method for the LEGAL distribution of movies, music, etc.
(4) This statement: “Most blocking and routing is handled by a specific server within a network, but the P2P architecture has no single fixed server responsible for routing and/or security. Thus, I’m not willing to install the client program and don’t wish to be tied into a peer-to-peer network.”
….is simply not accurate. Actually, on your home computer… blocking, routing, and security is handled by your router. If you have a software firewall, that does security blocking too (which is redundant and not needed).
No software, or website, or anything you use online… has a “single fixed server responsible for routing and/or security”. Only YOUR ROUTER is responsible for routing and/or security (and, if you have one, your software firewall does some unnecessary security too).
(5) The sentiment, I “don’t wish to be tied into a peer-to-peer network.” …..is a misunderstanding of terms.
Bittorrent, and peer-to-peer file sharing too, and skype too, and Yahoo Instant Messaging, and email…. and anything else that is sending stuff from one computer to another…. is NOT a “peer-to-peer network”.
A “peer-to-peer network” is entirely a different thing.
Bottom Line: Use it. Just don’t download anything copyright protected. Simple.
Soon, EVERYTHING important will be distributed and broadcast via bittorrent. Mark my words!
BitTorrent, the software Bruce is touting, is one of many Peer-To-Peer (P2P) file sharing applications available in the murky world of cyberspace.
Bittorrent is a protocol — not an application. The Bittorrent protocol is used by dozens of programs.
The program I recommend is called, uTorrent (see utorrent.com).
Once you have downloaded and installed a P2P client, if you are connected to the Internet you can launch the utility and are then logged into a central indexing server… etc…
What he is describing…. is how Kazaa, and all the other first-generation P2P file sharing protocols, work.
This is NOT how Bittorrent works.
Bittorrent does NOT have any central server. There is NO list, anywhere, of all users currently online. There is NO list, anywhere, of all content available.
A much better example of how bittorrent works is: Like doing a Send File from within Yahoo Messenger, or Skype, or AOL IM, or MSN Messenger, etc. It’s a file transfer from one computer to another.
There is a “traffic cop” which tells your software who to connect to… But there is NO CENTRAL SERVER. In fact, there are thousands of “traffic cops”… (called trackers)… and you can even host your own.
By using uTorrent, or any Bittorrent program, YOU ARE NOT GIVING ANYONE ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER. You are NOT creating a “network” with any other computers — no more than if you sent an email to 20 people. And they all replied to each other.
In fact, NO OTHER USER can even change the CONTENTS of the file(s) you are downloading! ….only the originator.
But, this is why I recommend that you DO NOT download PROGRAMS or SOFTWARE. They can contain viruses.
On the other hand….. Downloading public domain pictures, videos, music, audio, books, audiobooks, etc… are completely safe (virus free).
It’s the SAME as opening email attachments…
NEVER download a program (an executable file of any type — like .exe .com .scr ….etc.) — even from someone you TRUST! (They probably don’t even KNOW that they are infected!)
Stick to free public domain movies, videos, music, tv shows, books, and audiobooks (with SAFE exentions like .jpg .gif .png .tif .txt. pdf .avi .wmv .iso .dvr-ms …etc.)
Many of the biggest television networks — like, is it NBC? — are actively putting their content on Bittorrent.
BECAUSE THEY WANT YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND WATCH THEIR CONTENT (including the commercials )
Basically, Bittorrent is a lot like YouTube….. only MUCH MUCH better… Enjoy!
And, PLEASE…. people… Correct me if I am wrong!
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