On Monday the LA Times published an interesting article about comic book piracy and its impact on smaller comic book publishers. The reference to P2P networks and especially Bittorrent was a little off tho:

"There are multiple-image readers and formats for passing around comics. Users typically scan the files, turn them into readable formats and upload them onto sites such as Pirate Bay, http://www.thepiratebay.org , for users of the BitTorrent protocol.

These sites work by breaking a large file into smaller pieces stored on different users' computers. When a user wants to download a specific file, BitTorrent searches around the Web for the fragments and pieces them back together, allowing for the faster transmission of large files."


Granted, I've heard worse descriptions of P2P technology. But still, the Times probably should have asked someone other than Gyro Gearloose to explain that whole Torrent thing to them.
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