The Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library is making over one million pieces of archived content available to the world via the BitTorrent protocol. The Archive offers permanent storage of and free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and over 2 million public-domain books. The distributed nature of BitTorrent protocol-based swarms and their ability to retrieve torrent files from local peers may be of particular value to patrons with slower access to the Archive. For a quick guide to both BitTorrent and the Archive, you can check out the blog post here.
“We’re committed to building a sustainable future that empowers creative content, effects the social good and ultimately persuades institutional change,” said Eric Klinker, chief executive officer for BitTorrent. “We were happy to find that our interests align with those of the Internet Archive as we strive to protect and maintain society’s cultural artifacts – creating new ways to discover media and share it worldwide. Combined with the vast amount of content from the Internet Archive and the size and scope of the BitTorrent community, this is truly a worthy cause and we look forward to continuing to build new content solutions for the digital world.”
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