Apple has patented a legal file sharing via torrents




Twelve years ago, Apple has launched legal digital content store iTunes. With the low cost of music and movies for many people it has become a convenient alternative to downloading files via torrents.


However, according to Xakep , Apple still sees some benefit in file-sharing. Moreover, the American giant computer electronics invented a way as to provide a legal file sharing in P2P-networks. Apple recently received a patent for this technology.

The patent is entitled “Separation of the rights to the downloadable digital content» («Decoupling rights in a digital content unit from download»). The document describes a system in which users can freely and legally share files. To download the file, you must first obtain a license in the store. Licensed file freely transmitted over P2P-networks, including between different devices belonging to the same user, as well as between different users: relatives, friends or strangers.

According to Apple, this system has a number of advantages. For example, it reduces the amount of traffic and the load on central servers iTunes. This means that customers can license to offer a lower price than the buyer the full content, which includes downloading files.


Theoretically, the price reduction will cause another blow to piracy, encouraging users to share legal files.

However, the license files still have some limitations: for example, to view / listen to them only to “trusted software” which supports patented technology licensing from Apple. In the end, it turns out that download files from torrents still remain the most convenient option.

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