People all over the world are downloading movies via BitTorrent, according to new research (PDF) presented at last week’s P2P Research Group convening at the 75th IETF Meetings in Stockholm. And we’re literally talking all over the world: A popular movie torrent analyzed as part of the research was within a week accessed by people from 165 countries. “Considering that there are about 192 countries recognized by the UN, this is a sizable spread of the swarm across the countries,” said Bell Labs researcher Vijay K. Gurbani.

The fact that Hollywood fare is popular around the world probably isn’t all that surprising, but the research also shows that foreign movies can be just as popular. In fact, a Cantonese movie analyzed by the researchers received even wider global distribution through BitTorrent than a Hollywood flick with roughly the same number of downloads. Continue reading on

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