BitTorrent popularity on the wane?

Written by Jason Cundall

August 30, 2005 | 12:13

Tags: #edonkey #p2p

BitTorrent is seeing a drop off in users due to legal action against the operators of the file-sharing network, according to industry analysts:

File-sharers have moved away from the popular BitTorrent system following legal action, say experts.

Instead they have moved to another network called eDonkey, showed a study by internet analysis firm CacheLogic.

It found that eDonkey has become the dominant peer-to-peer file-sharing network in countries such as South Korea, Italy, Germany and Spain.

The study seems to suggest that the legal action to stamp out file-sharing is meeting with limited success.

The movie industry started targeting the operators of BitTorrent networks themselves last December.

More from the BBC here.

The legal action is singled out for the reason against the decline in popularity, and the shift to decentralised networks such as eDonkey.

But is this the case? Does the threat of legal action against the operator of a system dissuade the user of a system? Or is this a case of eDonkey being a better system?

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