A lot of people associate torrents and pear-to-pear (P2P) technology in general with illegal music, film, and software downloads. Some internet providers even block the torrent protocol claiming that it’s illegal to use it.
Next time they do it with you, tell them: P2P is fully legal, and a lot of digital material can be downloaded via torrent. The advantage of using P2P instead of the direct download links is that reduces the load on the company server and may even help get the file quicker while also helping others. Be internet ecology-friendly.
I will be collecting here examples of what you can legally download via p2p. Please feel free to contribute in the comments.
- GIMP, an open-source image manipulation program, a free competitor of Photoshop.
- LightZone, an open-source photo editing software for serious photographers.
- Project Gutenbeerg : The CD and DVD Project, books in digital form.
Some sites also specialize on freely distributable material: