If you are downloading stuff you wouldn't have bought in the first place, according to economist Karen Croxson, you are probably doing the company that created the product a big favor. You, Mr 'Good' Pirate, are telling your friends, adding to the media 'buzz' and driving up sales.
The first thing to notice when you join a private BitTorrent site is the eye-popping quality of the torrents. Each one is carefully culled, hand-picked through a strict moderation process. However, before you start hammering away on that download link - here are a few things you need to know.
BitTorrent's popularity is growing every day. Despite efforts from anti-piracy outfits such as the MPAA and IFPI, torrent sites continue to grow traffic wise, and there is no sign that this trend will be brought to a halt anytime soon.
Until recently, if you've wanted to play videos you've downloaded on your TV, you either needed to hook it to your PC, buy an AppleTV, or use an Xbox. Now, one company aims to add another option - one which can get the videos itself, via BitTorrent.
The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has ruled that the identities of file-sharers must remain private and can no longer be revealed to media companies who accuse them of copyright infringement. In future, only those accused of 'heavy' crimes such as murder, child pornography or kidnapping will be revealed.
No Starch Press and Wired's news editor Leander Kahney have released free copies of "The Cult of Mac" and "The Cult of iPod" on the Pirate Bay. Publishing music, movies and books on BitTorrent seems to be becoming a trend, and there's nothing wrong with that.
The popular BitTorrent site Mininova is currently Beta testing BitTorrent powered video streaming. The new streaming feature allows users to watch videos instantly, streamed from .torrent files.
The BBC has published a podcast which takes a look at piracy through the ages, also covering the modern concept of 'intellectual property'. Of course, no story of piracy would be complete without discussing The Pirate Bay so Peter Sunde also plays a significant part in this 20 minute program.