FAQ

Can you explain what BitTorrent is?
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (or P2P) protocol widely used to distribute large files.
For more info consult:
- The official BitTorrent website (http://www.bittorrent.com)
- Brian's BitTorrent FAQ and Guide (http://dessent.net/btfaq)
- The Wikipedia BitTorrent page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent)

Where can I find a BitTorrent client?
- uTorrent - a lightweight and easy-to-use client (http://www.utorrent.com)
- The official BitTorrent client (http://www.bittorrent.com)
- Azureus - a more advanced BitTorrent client (http://azureus.sourceforge.net)
- BitComet - a user-friendly BitTorrent client (http://www.bitcomet.com)
- Overview of more BitTorrent clients (http://www.zeropaid.com/software/file-sharing/bittorrent)

Is it true that downloading torrent files from torrentfeed.co is considered illegal?
Taking into account the fact that torrent files are not copyrighted, it is not considered a crime. But it is to be noted that when you open a torrent file in your BitTorrent client the process of downloading copyrighted content may start automatically.
In some countries with some types of content it may be illegal. Please, mind special restrictions of different countries in order not to have problems with law. In any case, to save yourself it is better to avoid downloading any copyrighted content.

Can you explain what a .torrent file is?
This is a small metadata file. Metadata here means that the file contains information about the data you want to download, not the data itself. The .torrent file is needed to connect to the tracker and download the actual data.

What is a tracker?
This is a service that assists in the communication between BitTorrent clients. When you open a torrent file, your machine contacts the tracker and asks for a list of seeds and leechers to connect to.

What are seeds?
A seed is such a client which has a complete copy of the data of a certain torrent. When BitTorrent client finishes the process of downloading, it remains open till you click the Finish button. This is called a seed or seeding.

What are leechers?
A leecher is such a client which is currently downloading the data of a torrent. If a leecher had the complete file, it would be called a seed.

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