For those in Hollywood who want to know just how simple — but luckily not yet simple enough — pirating via BitTorrent is, Gizmodo has posted a "handy" how-to guide.
Numerous BitTorrent clients, most notably Vuze, make downloading through the peer-to-peer service fairly easy. But Gizmodo notes that a little advanced knowledge of router settings like "port forwarding" are necessary to get decent download speeds, necessary for actually downloading big video files of TV shows and movies. And because BitTorrent uploads while it downloads, users have to set decent upload speeds in order to "share" (since, hey, some of the stuff on there is indeed legal) content in order to get the stuff they want.
Folks in Hollywood concerned about online pirating will be glad to know adjusting those settings is none-too simple (even with the Gizmodo guide), meaning average Internet noob won't be able to get very good performance out of BitTorrent.
They might be a little less pleased with Gizmodo's tips to "cover your ass" in order to avoid the "RIAA/MPAA/NARC's." Number one, of course, is to not "seed" (make available for sharing) too much content, since that's the only way authorities can detect who's active on BitTorrent and they go after the most heavy users.
Of course, being caught doesn't mean what it used to. The RIAA and MPAA don't sue nearly as many illegal pirates in hopes of halting the practice. Their newest strategy is to get ISPs like Comcast and AT&T to help them keep track and send warnings to folks doing illegal downloading via BitTorrent or other services.
Nonetheless, as Gizmodo explains, piracy is tempting, even with ISPs keeping watch and the growth of legal services like Hulu. Vuze even lets users "subscribe" to TV shows in order to get new episodes as soon as they're available. And unlike Hulu, there are no limits based on what media companies are partnering with, or fighting with, whom.