… BitTorrent.

Sunday, November 7th, 2004


“A file-sharing program called BitTorrent has become a behemoth, devouring more than a third of the Internet’s bandwidth, and Hollywood’s copyright cops are taking notice.

According to British Web analysis firm CacheLogic, BitTorrent accounts for an astounding 35 percent of all the traffic on the Internet — more than all other peer-to-peer programs combined — and dwarfs mainstream traffic like Web pages.

“I don’t think Hollywood is willing to let it slide, but whether they’re able to (stop it) is another matter,” Bram Cohen, the programmer who created BitTorrent, told Reuters.

“It’s a very efficient delivery system for large files, and it’s being used and abused by a hell of a lot of people,” he told Reuters. “We’re studying our options, as we do with all new technologies which are abused by people to engage in theft.”