Submitted by New Media Rights last modified Mon, 01/07/2008 - 5:36pm
BitTorrent is a powerful peer-to-peer file-sharing technology. It's pretty easy to get started:
1. Download and install a BitTorrent program. There are many options. Here are a few:
-Azureus (Windows/PC and Mac)
-BitLord (Windows/PC only)
-Tomato Torrent (Mac only)
2. Find and download a torrent. A torrent is not the actual movie, music, or piece of content that you are trying to download, but it directs your BitTorrent program to the content's location. See our list of [BitTorrent Websites] for info on finding torrents to download.
NOTE: There are both legal and illegal uses of bittorrent, and the laws vary across countries as to what is a legal use of bittorrent and what is not. See our copyright and intellectual property section for basic legal information.
3. Once you open a torrent file, your BitTorrent program should open automatically and start downloading the desired content onto your computer. However, having a torrent does not ensure a healthy connection, so be prepared to try multiple torrents for the same piece of content. Also, look for torrents with a higher number of ["seeders"] . The more seeders, the better chance you will be able to complete your download.