The file-sharing platform said in a statement it did not 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.,” says the company. “If they’re corroborated using data from pirate websites, they’re Internet Piracy Records. They’re not BitTorrent Piracy Records.
“We don’t endorse piracy. We don’t tally up illegal downloads, and crown pirate-kings. But these kinds of stories give us the opportunity to tell the truth about what’s going on inside BitTorrent.
“In partnership with the Internet Archive, artists, labels and studios, we’ve made more than two million pieces of licensed, legal content available for download over the BitTorrent protocol. We’ve built a legit media ecosystem designed to close the gap between creators and fans. In 2012 alone, titles from this collection have been downloaded over 152 million times.”
The company also reckons Canadian YouTube cooking show Epic Meal Time is actually its most downloaded show at 8,626,987 downloads.
“That’s nearly double the claimed downloads of the Game of Thrones finale,” it says.
Ever wanted to know about bacon-wrapped corndogs? Me neither…
BitTorrent concludes by encouraging readers to watch Game of Thrones “legally.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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