Legal Ways to Use Torrents

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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!

How Torrents Have Affected the Music Industry

images (4)The use of torrents is a popular means of getting downloads of music and other forms of multimedia for the file-sharing online community. All you have to do is downloading a torrent client, getting the .torrent file for the song and voila! Within an hour or so, you may have the whole album.

Many authorities have come forth in indignation, condemning of the system by saying that the music industry is being killed by the resulting decline in revenues, emerging from the users opting for the free versions of the new releases of the songs. As a matter of fact, the torrent sites have come under fire from the players in the entertainment industry, with several domains being seized by governments around the world. Torrents have become basically what electronic cigarettes are to tobacco. A huge thorn in the side. (To learn more about electronic cigarettes, check out these guy’s blog)

To assuage the resulting guilty feeling of obtaining premium merchandise for free, the downloaders had the justifications that the artists were making a fortune from tours and in the endorsements they got in the limelight. Others were less remorseful and more appreciative of the fact that they were the ‘gurus’ who could work miracles on the internet, to get the files they needed online.

However, the effects of this file sharing system may be doing more good than harm for the industry. It has long been the dream of many a music fanatic to access free music. When the torrenting bug first bit the millions upon millions of internet users, the artists did not have a way of earning money on the songs off the sites like LimeWire or FrostWire. The users, on the other hand, were relentless in their downloads, getting fresh albums as soon as they were released. It turns out that this was only a step in the way.

Matt Mason, the executive director of marketing, said that the file-sharing site is working on a way to make money off the phenomenon. According to him, ‘the hustle is changing’; what with the firm’s work with Tim Ferriss and DJ Shadow, in a bid to monetize the popular download forums for the good of both the fanatics and other big names in the industry.

Some sites, such as Spotify, sprang up, in an effort to address the disparity. For a small royalty fee to supplement what the artists were making on their tracks and labels, the users would get access to deluxe releases of the songs. This idea has bettered the situation, since the fans who had previously felt guilty cheating their cherished artistes off their hard work are contributing to their career development through the royalties.

Who Uses Torrents to get Free Music/Video?

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According to an info-graphic published by BitRebels a year ago, movies like Avatar, Batman – the Dark Knight , Transformers, Star Trek or Inception were just 5 out of 10 most downloaded movies of all time using torrents. The average user age who downloads free music or videos using torrents is somewhere around 22 years old and strongly believes in online freedom.

70% of online users find that there’s nothing wrong with piracy
If you start asking an experimented user what are his thoughts on piracy, he’ll probably tell you he respects the rights of someone else’s artwork but strongly believes the world should be free and information, in general, should be free, especially when it ends up online. In the past few years, people have started using torrents more and more and that’s mainly because of their accessibility and super fast speeds. More recent studies have shown that music videos from artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West (“Watch the Throne”), LMFAO (“Party Rock Anthem”) and Adele (“21″, “Set fire to the rain”) were among most downloaded music on the web using torrents.

Download entire discographies
People can now use torrents to get entire free music and video band discographies. This says something about the times we’re living in. No more tapes, not so much DVDs, just pure high quality audio and video files downloaded using torrents, ready to be uploaded into a person’s iPod or smartphone. That’s how much we enjoy listening to music and watching movies and we clearly enjoy both of them a lot more than we used to, mainly because we’re all connected on some level, online.

Netflix helped by torrent sites
There are now companies like Netflix have found themselves launching products a lot more closer to torrent sites. For example, Netflix recently launched its video streaming service in Netherlands and hopes to gather large user base and licensing for major tv shows that europeans and the rest of the world would watch. Yet, it doesn’t have that information, it doesn’t know to what tv shows it should focus on getting streaming rights. And that’s where torrent sites from Netherlands come handy: following the number of video downloads using torrents, Netflix can get an idea of what the Internet users love watching, therefor helping Netflix make an informed decision when buying their next TV show rights.

In a near future, it’s more likely big corporations become a lot more friendlier to their users, giving them the ability to download nearly everything using torrents.

Top Torrent Websites

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Torrents are turned as first choice for people to download the applications. However, finding the best torrents site is little time taking process. In technical terms “torrent is the compressed text that redirects to exact path of the file stored on server.”

Today maximum users are referring Kickass, Pirate Bay, Iso Hunt, Torrentz, Bitsnoop and some more sites to download torrents files, though each site is having diverse feature. The initial thing is you have to learn the installation and download method of torrent site. BitTorrent is the software that can be used to download the files.
The frequent question that people have in their mind is “What are the most popular torrent sites and approximately how popular they are?”
Finding the solution for such query gave the list of top sites that are available for torrent downloading. Some best websites for torrents:1. Pirate Bay: One of the popular websites of torrents is Pirate Bay which is operational since 2003. Approximately 1 billion users are accessing this site in one month. Pirate Bay is similar to BitTorrent, but the connectivity of Priate Bay is better than BitTorrent. 2. Kickass: Next website listed for torrent download is Kickass founded in 2009. Last year the site was under top 3 positions of best torrent websites. 3. Torrentz: Third website that people are using is Torrentz. This site redirects the users to different servers for safe and fast download. 4. ISOHunt: In last two years this website got huge popularity. The list of users is increasing for IsoHunt because it filters the keyword in correct manner and provides the exact results. Filter for keyword is provided by MPAA. 5. 1337x: one more website popular for torrent downloads is 1337x. This website focuses on community aspects so we can say it stores and resume the download of file in different manner. 1337x website was listed on 5th position in 2013 best torrents website list.

Few more websites that are on top 10 positions are Torrent reactor, H33t, EZTV, etc. Selection of best website is based on the speed and connectivity. Trying several websites for downloading torrent file will help the user to understand the features of the site. Later user can decide which website is beneficial for him/her. Some websites are offering paid account registration. If you become the paid user you will get the dedicated download speed for torrent files. Free tools are time taking and sometime disconnects the download because the companies give preference to paid users of the website.

Beginner’s Guide to Using Torrents to Get Free Music and Video

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The use of torrents to download stuff from the internet is now very popular. It has beaten the conventional methods of downloading, which are just outdated. Gone are the days where you would be teased by the enticing previews, then left wandering through the internet for the full, free version, which, by the way, is seldom available. The use of torrents in the peer-to-peer networking has made it possible to download the high definition, freshly released versions of music or videos, almost as soon as they hit the online stores.

How to Use Torrents to Get Free Music/Video

Before getting a decent Bit-Torrent client, make sure that you have made your computer secure. Your antivirus should be enabled to carry out protection of the computer, since file-sharing comes with its own assorted risks. The firewall should also be in place, and in a tip-top shape.

To start off, you have to set up your computer to support the use of the torrent files; which are basically files that contain the description of the multimedia which has been uploaded. For this, simply download a Bit-torrent client. This is a software which uses the information contained in the torrent file to enable the full download. These client software include u-Torrent, Vuze or 1clickdownloader, among several others in the net. Once you have installed it, you are good to go.

The second step is to get a .torrent file. They are available in dedicated sites, such as Kat.ph or isoHunt. If you want a wider selection of these sites, you can go to their ‘search engine’, at torrentz.eu. There are two types of the .torrent files, public and private tracker files. The public ones are available for use to everyone, while their private cousins are only available for use by those who access specific sites. However, there is no need to be fazed by these specifics.

Once you have typed in the name of the song or video you would like to download, many results will spring up. Each torrent is different from the other. The key to identifying the most suitable of them is by focusing on the seeder/ leecher ratio. A seed is a measure of the complete files that have been downloaded successfully by other users. Unless you happen to fancy a particular .torrent file, the best to go for is the one with the highest number of seeders.

On picking the most preferred of these files, open it with the client aforementioned. You should be able to see the progress of the download of your music or video, and depending on your internet speed, connectivity and peer-to-peer connections, you will be able to have your file after some time. After that, make sure that you have seeded it, as a way of helping future users in more ways than you know.