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[caption id="attachment_440" align="alignright" width="320" caption="CC by blogpocket on flickr"][/caption] Use of BitTorrent is stigmatised, and poses potential administrative cost and liability risk for anyone who uses it. Since BitTorrent is the most effective ways to distribute large files -especially by individuallys, and small businesses who can’t afford much infrastructure – this limits technical options that many people have. Academic analysis of copyright infringement and the surrounding ecosystem may even require such direct data analysis.
This taboo ties the hands of many, even when the protocol is used for legitimate purposes. If an academic wants to conduct investigations which have strong fair use defences, these costs and risks may result in personal or institutional aversion to such research. This has the effect of chilling discussion and investigation of P2P technology, and the related public policy issue of copyright infringement.
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