The more I look BitTorrent the more I ask myself why “big” industry fear it so much.
In many ways BitTorrent is the ideal distribution system for the Internet era. It carried many benefits for all sectors of market, including ISPs if people ignore the stigma it has built up in some circles.
Companies and people that distribute media can use it to lower distribution costs. When your customers share distribution load with you it reduces the need for fat pipes to your server. Just look at the fiasco that was the release of the Windows7 beta. The demand was so high that even Microsoft could not provide the bandwidth required to cope.
Had they deployed via BitTorrent it would have been another story. They would have provided the initial seed and as demand ramped so would the bandwidth. More people downloading just means more seeders providing bandwidth.
It is a similar story at the ISP level. If it were possible for an ISP to cached and seed popular torrents they could reduce their external bandwidth by a huge amount. There would only be a need to look outside their private network when the number of seeds dropped below a certain level. This option is just not open to ISPs at the moment, the legal ramifications stop this possibility.
There are a number of interesting trials in progress that could prove to be game changers on Torrents one way or another. If torrent technology and associated trackers come out of these cases in a good light it might change things.
At present it appears narrow minded companies like the Record Majors would prefer if BitTorrent were relegated to a technology that forever branded with theft in the sad hope it will stop the death of their out dated business model.
I hope they lose, BitTorrent is too important to die in this way!