I live in Sweden, and many of you have probably heard about the recent law change that lets MPAA/RIAA get information from ISPs about suspected downloaders.
I was always under the impression that it was those using eDonkey eMule etc, or other clients that shared a users hard drive that were under the most threat, as it was easy to logon to those networks and see what was being shared. With BitTorrent on the other hand, downloading the torrent file is not illegal in itself, although it is easy to enable Tor button in Firefox to hide your IP whilst getting the torrent metafile, and getting the actual torrent from several different sources, one piece at a time, was very hard to prove or identify, or so I thought.
Now I am not so sure. Can someone identify that I have downloaded a film by gathering the traffic details from every peer I was connected to? Does it have to be proven that I downloaded the entire file or is it enough that one peer is identified that was sharing on 50k piece of a film (for example)?
I used to think that the only way for MPAA to get me was to get details from the torrent site that I had downloaded the torrent file from an IP i was assigned at that time. Now I suspect that it is very easy to gather all the stats about all peers I have downloaded content from.
Doesn't encryption within the bittorrent client solve this problem? Why do I need SwarmScreen as well? So what if an ISP can identify the pattern of my downloading habits, the content is still encrypted right?
I would not class myself as a heavy downloader, but I love getting episodes of TV shows that I have missed on TV or cannot get on my TV. Yes, it's legally wrong, but there you go.
Im not interested in getting into discussions of moral right, legal right and whatnot, just the facts about what can be traced and how easy it is to trace illegal content with bittorrent and if there are any methods to get around it.