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Re: [tor-talk] One answer to the bittorrent problem . . .?

Although I don't speak for Tor, allow me to summarize...

- Tor is a transport only. As a matter of both policy and law, and because
all data along the hops is encrypted anyways by design... it has no ability
to and will not be modifying any data in transit even if it could.

- Tor has no plans to write or bundle app specific shims in the package.

- Changing the addresses or accounts in apps to gibberish will
obviously break those apps.

- So long as the user sets it up properly, torrenting is both possible
and safe already. You don't need a "communicator" shim. How to do
that is up to the user to learn and Tor won't tell because it doesn't want
the traffic. And even if the user does manage to set it up, it will be a poor
user experience since inbound connections are not possible with Tor
and fully meshed and optimal P2P requires them.

- Tor may eventually add the ability to bind a socket at the exit.

- Those who still insist on running torrent need to recognize the
load their actions place on the Tor network and pay it back. Some
estimate the cost to be roughly 7-8 times what you use. The average
home connection doesn't have enough bandwidth to support that.
And even if it did, the user would then have to learn to set up a relay.
Assuming the majority of torrenter's wish to engage in copyright
violation, they're not going to be very happy with the week (or four)
it takes that same connection to transfer a DVD-9. So forget using
Tor for torrenting and just buy yourself a legit VPN connection in a
foreign country and enjoy.
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