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#1 Allan

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:27 AM

BitTorrent Inc., the makers of uTorrent and the BitTorrent Mainline client, have been sued for infringement of a file-sharing related patent. According to the complaint, the BitTorrent clients infringe on the rights of San Francisco-based company Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network. The company demands compensation and if the court agrees, this case could have a disastrous impact on the BitTorrent landscape.


Above quote taken from an article by Ernesto dated 6/19/2011 titled uTorrent / BitTorrent Sued For Patent Infringement Click the link for the entire article.


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Posted 07 July 2011 - 01:34 PM

Is it illegal, at this point in time, to be using utorrent?
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 05:27 PM

Depends on what it is your downloading, Linux *.iso files, Creative Commons Free Distribution Works,etc. you're good. Other things.... this is where opinion and politics play into the formula.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:18 AM

Its funny, but the law does not take in to account feelings, it is just Law. Thats my problem with people in the system these days, they give out different punishment to the same crime depending on the mood of the case. I honestly wonder what would happen if they let Computer Logic dictate sentencing.

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Input = Rape -- Output = Punishment 2

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 12:49 PM

Is it illegal, at this point in time, to be using utorrent?

Piracy is illegal (violates copyrights, etc.), but the protocol itself is useful for distributing larges amounts of data over a network and is good for the reasons BlackSpyder pointed out.

That being said, I just avoid torrents altogether due to the controversy and "grey" areas.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 02:02 PM

I use it a lot-usually for downloading large files such as linux distributions and the like, I find it a very useful tool. Utorrent, like limewire, i dont think theres anything wrong with them-they are just tools to enable easier downloading of large files. The problem, is what the people use them for. they ought to be going after the people pirating, not the people who made the program. It seems to me, a lot of the major pirating sites-I know one in particular that is extremely popular that im not going to mention (anyone who pirates, or who knows anything about how to get around the web probably knows it anyway) has been operating for years, makes no attempt to hide what its doing, and it seems to me it would be fairly easy to shut down if any form of government/justice system actually wanted to do it. Its better to go after the source, not the tools.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 02:10 PM

You can't ban hammers just because people break into cars with them.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:19 PM

I use it a lot-usually for downloading large files such as linux distributions and the like, I find it a very useful tool. Utorrent, like limewire, i dont think theres anything wrong with them-they are just tools to enable easier downloading of large files. The problem, is what the people use them for. they ought to be going after the people pirating, not the people who made the program. It seems to me, a lot of the major pirating sites-I know one in particular that is extremely popular that im not going to mention (anyone who pirates, or who knows anything about how to get around the web probably knows it anyway) has been operating for years, makes no attempt to hide what its doing, and it seems to me it would be fairly easy to shut down if any form of government/justice system actually wanted to do it. Its better to go after the source, not the tools.

I think i know who you are talking about.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:39 PM

I used to use it all the time too for various things, but I quit once I got my server.

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