Amid all the buzz about Game of Thrones shattering online piracy records, a company that has become intimately associated with “torrenting” content wants to clarify a few points.
The folks at BitTorrent Inc. have finally gotten fed up with all those reports of piracy records and fired back to note that they don’t actually host illegal content -- it’s those darn pirates out there giving everyone a bad name.
The company is trying to become a legit video provider, and all this news about piracy is apparently making it tough to make deals with Hollywood. Here’s an excerpt from the company’s statement in an effort to clear its image:
"We don’t host infringing content. We don’t point to it. It’s literally impossible to 'illegally download something on BitTorrent.' To pirate stuff, you need more than a protocol. You need search, a pirate content site, and a content manager. We offer none of those things. If you’re using BitTorrent for piracy, you’re doing it wrong...
These so-called 'records' are presumably based on numbers from pirate websites that have no affiliation with BitTorrent, Inc. If they’re corroborated using data from pirate websites, they’re Internet Piracy Records. They’re not BitTorrent Piracy Records."
It makes sense the company would want to distance itself from the illegal activities, but it's a hard argument to make. Like it or not, it's the platform of choice for pirating everything from movies to music — and that doesn’t look like it's going to change anytime soon.
But, regardless — let's learn a lesson and consider an HBO subscription before next season premieres.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)