- Written by Jo Toriesen Jo Toriesen
Torrents have been around for ages now, and are almost ancient history. Do you remember the music file sharing site Napster?
A torrent is a tiny file you download and that will direct your computer to other computers. A popular one is Torrentz.eu. Like Project Free TV, and many other legal or barely legal sites, Torrentz doesn't host the torrent files, it just directs you to the sites that host the torrents, and this means it is able to give a lot of results.
Once the torrent file is downloaded, you need to add it to a downloader, such as a program called uTorrent. uTorrent is small but very powerful and when your torrent file is added to it, it will start finding other computers that are sharing the TV show or movie. This way a 1 hour HD episode of a show or film can be downloaded in under half an hour.
Is it the case that the moguls of the Twentieth Century are watching this process carry on, and wondering what massive and overwhelming operation they can conceive of to crush it? Not to defend the torrent users, but they cannot.
Thus it is probably up to us a collective entity of producers, artists, distributors and users to come together with new models.
It’s happening already. New models are being tried and are working at the grassroots level, meaning they will work too when they evolve further up the chain.
Writers sometimes give away e-books for free and generate audiences for their paid works, or public appearances.
The band Death Grips had their third album downloaded an amazing 30 million times — because they released it for free. It worked for them — what would work for you?