Would you believe that not all torrenting is illegal? Yeah, I know, I know, when people talk about file sharing, everybody automatically thinks about the illegal downloading of games or music or movies, but there are actually lots of ways to legally and legitimately use file sharing!
Want some examples?
1) It’s absolutely legal to share anything that’s in the public domain. This includes movies, music, or books whose copyright protection has run out. You’d be amazed at how much stuff that actually covers!
2) Also completely legal to freely share anything you personally create, even if you’re selling it elsewhere online (I am an author, and you can find ALL of my books in various torrents. I am a strong supporter of the technology and believe that it actually helps my book sales because it gives me a broader exposure than I would otherwise have).
3) Are you a fan of sourceforge? You should know that it’s perfectly fine to share open source files, provided that you don’t violate the terms of the user license.
4) For that matter, it’s perfectly fine (and even encouraged!) to share anything bearing the Creative Commons License. Do so freely!
See, peer to peer file sharing is often vilified. It’s often looked down upon, but mostly, you find that happening when people don’t really understand it. There’s nothing wrong with the technology per se. There’s nothing about it that makes it inherently bad, and in fact, the whole area of digital sharing grafts badly onto current copyright laws anyway, which were never designed with infinite digital copies of works in mind. That’s one of the many reasons I’m such an avid fan of the technology. I see it as empowering to content creators, not a means of stealing from them. Embrace it. You may as well, because it’s not going to disappear. Best to make peace with it. Besides, as outlined above, there are a number of perfectly legitimate uses for the tech. Speaking of legality, visit the blog of Jordan Halaby to learn more about e-cigarette! It’s absolutely legal!