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BusinessWeek: BitTorrent Goes Legit

Oct 23, 2006, 16:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sarah Lacy)

"Long before anyone had heard of YouTube, BitTorrent was the bad-boy online video site. If you wanted that vintage Saturday Night Live episode or a missed episode of a beloved sitcom, you went to BitTorrent or one of the pirate sites powered by its technology. Since BitTorrent's beginning in 2001, more than 80 million people have downloaded the technology and 5 million people are using it at any given time--making it one of the top ten downloads on the Web.

"But as BitTorrent's popularity grew, so did the risk of legal backlash from studios and other content producers who say the technology violates copyrights..."

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