In today’s digital age, everyone is freely able to access information from numerous sources on the Internet. However, some countries try to censor torrent sites to limit access to content that they deem inappropriate or illegal. This article explains everything you need to know about censorship, why some countries do it, and why others don’t.
Why Torrent Sites Are Censored In Some Countries
Whenever there is a discussion about the censorship of torrenting sites, many people instantly assume that the government is trying to censor illegal activity. However, that is not always the case. In a lot of cases, the government is trying to censor torrent sites to protect a certain business model or industry that they believe is threatened by torrenting.
Some governments try to censor torrent sites to protect copyright holders from piracy by unauthorized file sharing. They also try to censor torrent sites to protect artists from being economically and culturally marginalized or exploited by commercial interests that profit from the work of others.
Some governments try to censor torrent sites to protect themselves from foreign litigation from copyright holders. They also try to censor torrenting websites to promote the national economy by supporting local businesses and protecting employment and investment.
Some governments try to censor torrenting websites to protect cultural heritage, art, and artifacts such-as landmarks, works of art, and historical sites-from being damaged or lost due to torrenting. Lastly, they try to censor torrenting websites to help people access legitimate content and support their creative industries while they fight illegal activities.
How Is Torrenting Different From Traditional Downloading?
Torrenting is the process of downloading a file from the Internet. The downloaded file is usually an audio file, video file, or computer program. The downloading of the file is distributed among several users who are connected to each other through the Internet.
Each user downloads a part of the file from the computer where the file is located and uploads it to his or her computer. Once the downloading of the file is finished, the user has the entire file on his/her computer. Compared to traditional downloading, downloading a file using the torrenting protocol is much faster.
When the file is downloaded using the traditional downloading process, the user has to wait until the whole file is downloaded to get his/her desired file. But when the file is downloaded using the torrenting protocol, the user only waits until the downloading of the part of the file he/she already has is finished.