Does BitTorrent = Piracy?

Well, does it? We hear this question all the time. We hear we’ve killed film, the radio star, and the content industry. We hear we’re the web’s dark matter, and the Internet’s seedy underbelly.

We are not.

We are scientists, engineers, developers and designers committed to building a better Internet. We are photographers, musicians, writers and gamers. We came to work here because we wanted to change the way the Internet works for us. How it works for all of us. For over a decade, the BitTorrent protocol has applied distributed technology to the issue of digital distribution; enabling the efficient transfer of big files and big ideas. We were founded to support Internet innovation.

Being on the side of Internet innovation means we have an obligation to it.

We do not endorse piracy. We do not encourage it. We don’t point to piracy sites. We don’t host any infringing content. We have, and we will continue to, work tirelessly with industries, artists, and fans to create a sustainable digital future for content. And we’ve been recognized by major media institutions for our contribution towards this shared goal.

BitTorrent is how companies like Facebook, Wikipedia, Blizzard and Twitter scale code deployment. BitTorrent is how the Internet Archive preserves and protects cultural artifacts. BitTorrent is behind the congestion-aware Internet. BitTorrent is behind artists.

BitTorrent is for fans.

Does BitTorrent = piracy? You do the math.

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