Who hasn't heard the term BitTorrent recently? First demonstrated back in 2002, the BitTorrent definitely was and is the P2P phenomena of the 2004. Recently it really started to make headlines in 'old school media', as .torrent serving web sites were being busted by the authorities. The Wired has published a long and interesting article about BitTorrent and it's author Bram Cohen - worth checking out.
Movie studios hate it. File-swappers love it. Bram Cohen's blazing-fast P2P software has turned the Internet into a universal TiVo. For free video-on-demand, just click here.
.. Bram Cohen is the creator of BitTorrent, one of the most successful peer-to-peer programs ever. BitTorrent lets users quickly upload and download enormous amounts of data, files that are hundreds or thousands of times bigger than a single MP3. Analysts at CacheLogic, an Internet-traffic analysis firm in Cambridge, England, report that BitTorrent traffic accounts for more than one-third of all data sent across the Internet. Cohen showed his code to the world at a hacker conference in 2002, as a free, open source project aimed at geeks who need a cheap way to swap Linux software online. But the real audience turns out to be TV and movie fanatics.Source: Wired