What is a Bit Torrent?
A Bit Torrent is an illegal, digital file-sharing program that is operated from a centralized location, which grants access to its users allowing them to participate in the transfer, import, and export of intellectual property. Typically, a Bit Torrent website will contain a series of servers that houses the intellectual property through which it is being circulated throughout the Bit
Torrent web site. Membership to Bit Torrent websites ranging from those offered without a charge to those that require membership fees are able to download and upload digital media belonging to the members of that particular Bit Torrent website.
Bit Torrent and Peer-to-Peer Sharing
Bit Torrent, which is classified as a Peer-to-Peer (p2p) digital file-sharing program, is considered to be more efficient than its predecessors, which include Napster, Kazaa, and Limewire. In contrast to traditional file-sharing programs in which full files are circulated through digital transmission, Bit Torrent sharing allows for the segmented transmission of digital media through its server(s).
As a result, users are inundated with much smaller files, which allow for a more comprehensive and seamless transmission. However, this design does not detract from the illegality innate in all file-sharing programs.
Bit Torrent and Copyright Violation
The criminal activity inherent in digital file-sharing can be covered by a multitude of legal fields, including copyright law, cyber law, and criminal law. The unlawful transmission and dissemination of digital media in lieu of both legal purchase, as well as financial recuperation on the part of the industry applicable to the digital media is considered to be a criminal activity punishable by law enforcement.