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Old 25.10.2016, 09:27
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Re: Torrent Download - legal or not

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I was speculating more than speaking theoretically (i.e. what I would do if I were them).

Another approach would be to share poisoned files, so that they ruin the downloads they're shared with. Apparently this approach has not worked well, simply because there are too many people out there downloading - they simply cannot stop it from a technical point of view.
Unless they are the original provider of a file, the bittorrent protocol doesn't allow that. This because this protocil "divides" the files in parts and after each download there's a integrity verification (SHA-1 checksum). If only a bit of this was modified, the verification fails and is deleted by the protocol.

I believe the other approach is more likeley, it's like the DEA doing drug deals to identify offenders...
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