<networking> A popular, distributed form of peer-to-peer file sharing that enables a client program to fetch different parts of a file (a "torrent") from different sources in parallel. The system is designed to encourage users to make downloaded data available for others to upload. This is aided by a scheme for exchanging unique identifiers, commonly stored in ".torrent" files. A downloader who does not serve data to others is called a "leech". A "seed" is a computer that has a complete copy of a file, possibly the original.
The bittorrent.com site claims there are over 100 million users as of 01 Jan 2007.
Most of the data is copyright material like films or commercial software.
(01 Jan 2007)
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