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BitTorrent glossary

Posted by Steve Vondran | Dec 29, 2022

Attorney Steve® BitTorrent Defense Lawyer - Glossary of legal terms

BitTorrent legal glossary


BitTorrent:A peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol and system.

Copyright Trolls: A person or entity that sends out mass quantities of copyright infringement notices in order to extract settlements from alleged copyright infringers.

DMCA:The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law that criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works.  See also Safe Harbor: The safe harbor provisions of the DMCA provide that online service providers are not liable for copyright infringement if they comply with certain conditions. 

Downloaders: A computer connected to a peer-to-peer network that is downloading a file or files. Copyright Infringement: The violation of another person's copyright by copying or distributing their work without permission.

File-sharing:The process of exchanging files between two or more devices.

Hash File: A Hash file is used to identify unauthorized content shared through BitTorrent technology. It works by providing investigators with a specific fingerprint for digital material. By having a Hash file, companies are now capable of finding out exactly who is responsible for the unauthorized sharing of their digital media assets.

Leechers: A computer connected to a peer-to-peer network that is downloading a file or files but does not yet have a complete copy.

Movie Count:  For example, in Strike 3 Holdings, LLC defense and Malibu media, this refers to how many movies you are accused of file-sharing.

Seeders: A computer connected to a peer-to-peer network that has a complete copy of a file or files being shared.

Subpoena: A court order requiring a person to appear in court or to produce documents. See also the motion to quash ISP subpoena.

Torrent File: A computer file containing information about files and trackers, which help peers to find each other and exchange files over a BitTorrent network.

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