File-sharing is and will always be (hopefully) something to enjoy with your friends, colleagues, and family. When it comes to BitTorrent, colleges make no exception, despite universities’ efforts to discourage file-sharing. But which of them are the most torrent-friendly? To answer that question, TorrentFreak, in collaboration with ScanEye, made public a list with the top 50 American universities that use BitTorrent, 25 of which will be listed here.
I remember the times when I was in highschool; there were a couple of popular services when it came to file-sharing – starting with Napster and Kazaa, and continuing with DC++, Limewire, etc. Since then, everything changed – from file-sharing itself, to how the public sees it. Simply put, saying file-sharing is like saying “let’s get some pop-corn and watch a movie”. The relationship between the two is so deep that we couldn’t imagine a world without it. But let’s not get all sentimental, and go on with our story.
Yes, you wonder which American university takes the first position, right? Well, according to TorrentFreak’s report, New Jersey’s Rutgers University is the first in the list, followed by NYU, University of Houston, USC, Texas A&M, George Washington, University of Minnesota, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Maryland, and Tennessee State.
The report also shows that Rutgers’ preferences were Fast Five, Cars 2 and Puss in Boots, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and the album The Dreamer, The Believer.
The whole list can be seen here.
If you don’t see your college listed, there may be two reasons for that: either your school is really good at fighting file-sharing, or they’re hiding their tracks, the latter being more likely to be the answer. Just as an example, the University of Florida was considered to be the piracy capital of the United States, yet it’s missing from the list. The reasons are more than obvious.
However, if you do see your college listed, feel free to comment on how is file-sharing seen by your friends, colleagues, and, why not, teachers.