Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent, has come out in a press conference against movie downloads with the head of the MPAA. It would seem like the MPAA has made an offer that he could not refuse and he has had to agree to a number of demands, including the fact that the torrent search site that exists in BitTorrent.com will block links to infringing content. By doing this, Cohen has avoided litigation.
But nobody uses BitTorrent’s site. The favourite site for looking for content is PirateBay.org, located in Sweden. The interesting part of PirateBay is that they claim that what they do is legal, because they do not post the infringing content, but they post files that may contain information of where to get it.
Interesting arguments, for more on this subject you can read the excellent article in SCRIPTed by Bob Rietjens.