14 thoughts on “The Torrent Dilemma”

  1. I thought the agreement was a sham when I first heard about it the day it was signed, and said so on my blog. As for going legit making the network less useful, I guess maybe Bram is hoping that he can find a saw-off between fewer (copyright-infringing) users and maybe more revenue.

  2. As the first browser to include BitTorrent support, we’re following these developments closely. BitTorrent is a great protocol that fits naturally with the other download protocols we support in the Opera browser (user feedback has been great). So chances are the BitTorrent protocol will survive and thrive on the merit of its quality alone.

  3. Cohen’s version of Bittorrent is one of many other (IMHO better) open source versions. As long as those remain unaffected, and there is no reason why they won’t continue to be, Bittorrent as a company may wither and die, but as a protocol, it will remain strong, useful and popular.

  4. Yeah, it seems like a lot of people are confusing BitTorrent the protocol and BitTorrent the company. This agreement just impacts BitTorrent the company, which has little to do with most of the infringement using BitTorrent the protocol.

  5. mike, you are absolutely right about that. as an aside, i wonder if the commonality of the name of the torrent protocol and the company will create confusion in the minds of less savvy users who are likely to end up at the bittorrent.com.

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  7. I’ve been fantasizing about torrent radio and video broadcasts for the little folk that can’t afford large bandwidth. “Realtime and previous” shows with tiny bandwidth. Create a proprietry player based on VLC, Bittorrent and micropayments or subscription… Makes me wonder why Peercast isn’t more popular.

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