It's not clear if BitTorrent plans to combat piracy by adding DRM to any of its downloads. We've asked the company to clarify.
But BitTorrent's ultimate goal may not be to stamp out or even combat piracy. Instead, the aim appears to be providing a viable alternative to illegal downloads using the same technology that is virtually synonymous with online piracy.
BitTorrent's latest plan to turn files shared via BitTorrent into a money making enterprise follows an earlier effort from February 2007 when BitTorrent launched the BitTorrent Entertainment Network.
Designed to compete with Amazon and iTunes, BEN debuted with more than 5,000 movies, TV Shows, PC games, and music available for purchase from 35 major entertainment companies. Despite the hope that BEN might be a turning point for BitTorrent downloads, the company shut down the effort in late 2008, citing poor profitability.
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