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    What is a torrent and how it is used to download videos from the internet ?


    Are you keen to know what is a torrent and how it is used to download videos, books etc from the internet? Our technical experts are here to explain.

    Many people use torrent apps to download many important videos and other documents from the internet.

    What is the methodology that these apps use to do this job? How and from where do they get these data and present it in the users computer?

    In our country if I recollect correctly these activities were regarded as illegal access to data in the various servers and was discouraged by the cyber sleuths.

    What is the status of the torrent apps today in the internet?
  • Answers

    2 Answers found.
  • Torrent network itself is not illegal since it is basically just a peer to peer file sharing network which can be used legally to share files according to the copyright restrictions on those files.
    A torrent is file that contains the metadata about the file and folders along with information about other about computers (trackers) that help in finding the location of other computers which have the same file so that they can form a swarm for efficient file distribution.
    Anybody using Torrent can create a Torrent file to share their contact. It is necessary that there is at least some one serving that particular file so that the sharing can happen. That is why for files like movies and games, usually you will get good download speed because many people are sharing the files.

    Torrent apps and websites are still working and can be used to share legitimate content like ISO's of Linux operating system, binaries and shareware software like Tor.

  • Sharing files which are copyrighted is illegal and can be banned in institutions like academic and research oriented ones. Some software with cracks or full version sharing is not allowed and legal actions could be taken by appropriate authorities.

    Paresh Gujarati,
    Ph.D.-Mechanical
    NIT-Surat (SVNIT)


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