The war on internet piracy is about as dramatic as America’s ‘War On Drugs’. P2p filesharing is nothing new, but there’s constantly new spins to this concept. BitTorrent made a huge splash in the downloading pool for pirates. Produced as a “free speech tool” BitTorrent would rely on ‘trackers’. Web sites would host these trackers which were simply small files needed to download any specific file. These sites that host thousands of trackers are sought out and shut down by anti-pirate groups.
Evolve or Dissolve is a cliché that I rip off now and then, and BitTorrent has done the evolution this time around. The beta-version of BitTorrent does not rely on the need for trackers anymore. This tracker elimination is a huge wave that rocks the boat of the anti-pirates.
I can’t say I’m for or against either of the sides on this coin. I feel that this situation is similar to when your brother and sister start fighting, you just sit back, lay low, and see who wins.