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The Importance of Torrenting and Piracy

Have you thought about how data can rot away over time. Nothing, not even digital data can last forever. What if you are looking for something, like a song or a movie or some software. You search all over for it. You cant ever seem to find it. Not online. Not physically. Never...

This exact circumstance happened to a youtuber and the game Lego Island. This was not the usual copy of the famous children's game. This was the long thought to be Lost Media, Japanese version with all new dialogue and voices. Luckily this story had a happy ending.

Stories like this can happen to anyone, anywhere. Every day hundreds of media is lost forever. Piracy and Archiving can help prevent this. A useful skill is learn about torrenting. Torrents are files that can opened by specific software. They can be downloaded and used.

You may have head the term seeding and U and Bit Torrent. You may not know what these mean.

Peer- A peer is another computer on the internet that you connect to and transfer data. Generally a peer does not have the complete file, otherwise it would be called a seed. Some people also refer to peers as leeches, to distinguish them from those generous folks who have completed their download and continue to leave the client running and act as a seed.

Seed- A computer that has a complete copy of a certain torrent. Once your client finishes downloading, it will remain open until you click the Finish button (or otherwise close it.) This is known as being a seed or seeding. You can also start a BT client with a complete file, and once BT has checked the file it will connect and seed the file to others. Generally, it's considered good manners to continue seeding a file after you have finished downloading, to help out others. Also, when a new torrent is posted to a tracker, someone must seed it in order for it to be available to others. Remember, the tracker doesn't know anything of the actual contents of a file, so it's important to follow through and seed a file if you upload the torrent to a tracker.

ReSeed- When there are zero seeds for a given torrent (and not enough peers to have a distributed copy), then eventually all the peers will get stuck with an incomplete file, since no one in the swarm has the missing pieces. When this happens, someone with a complete file (a seed) must connect to the swarm so that those missing pieces can be transferred. This is called reseeding. Usually a request for a reseed comes with an implicit promise that the requester will leave his or her client open for some time period after finishing (to add longevity to the torrent) in return for the kind soul reseeding the file.

Lets stop lying to ourselves. The reason you are interested in this is because you want free stuff. Its understandable really. You can get almost anything for free if you look hard enough. This is a legal grey area but It should be fine. It can be repeating but it is really satisfying when you are done downloading a torrent. You should use a VPN for this. You could get angry letters in the mail from your ISP or even get legal fines. The VPN can stop this. I reccomend using reddit to research on how to do this...

A client is the most important part. I recommend qBitTorrent. Its easy to use and has a good design.

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