Download and install
BitTorrent is the preferred way of sharing right now,
but it isn't anonymous. If you use public sites (like
the now-defunct Suprnova) for copyrighted movies, you
will eventually get a letter from your ISP on behalf of
the MPAA. The MPAA employs agents who connect to
torrents on public trackers in order to collect IP
addresses. Software such as PeerGuardian is not
effective in blocking them. The location of the tracker
offers you no protection, either. The MPAA may not be
able to sue The Pirate Bay, but it can still go after
you for connecting to a torrent on
that site and uploading even a fraction of a
If you are going to share copyrighted movies, find a
private filesharing message board through your friends.
Obscurity is the best security when it comes to
avoiding the MPAA, at least for now. Even if you aren't
sharing copyrighted movies, private forums are nice
because of the element of quality control.
"Copyright" is a term of intellectual property law.
Despite what media cartels like the MPAA and RIAA would
like you to believe, copyright infringement is not
theft. In order for theft to occur, "every part of the
property stolen must be removed, however slightly, from
its former position; and it must be, at least
momentarily, in the complete possession of the thief."
Real theft is wrong because the victim loses his or her
property--not simply because the thief gains access to
something he is not "authorized" to possess.
Copyright infringement does not deprive the rightful
owner of the original DVD the use of that DVD. It only
potentially deprives the DVD producer of a
sale. We do not punish people for potential crimes
without clear intent. The act of downloading a copy of
an item is not sufficient proof that the downloader
would have or could have purchased the original.
Neither does the act of uploading a movie file
demonstrate clear intent to make money at the expense
of the copyright holder. Burning that file to a disc,
silk-screening the disc with cover art, putting it in a
snap case, printing out and inserting a jacket, then
selling it on the street does divert funds
from deserving parties. But the vast majority of file
sharers are not engaging in such behavior,
traditionally known as "piracy".
To read more about about intellectual property as it
pertains to the closely related field of computer
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Create a new folder with the same name as the movie.
We'll call this the "sharing folder". Put the .mkv file(s)
in the sharing folder.
If you would like to include playback instructions with
the movie, right-click
here and save
playback_instructions.txt in the sharing
Go to the Start menu and open
It will connect to a server to auto-update the public
Go to the
Enter the name of your private torrent tracker.
Enter the tracker address.
Enter the website URL.
Click , then click
MakeTorrent will retain this tracker information for next
Go to the
Find the sharing folder in the file tree on the left and
click on it.
Select the private tracker from the tracker menu.
Add a comment if the tracker supports it.
Navigate to the sharing folder and give the .torrent file
a descriptive name:
Wait for a few moments as MakeTorrent analyzes the
When hashing is complete, click
Go to the upload section of the tracker website. Upload
the .torrent file and check that it appears on the
website's list of torrents.
Double-click the .torrent file in the sharing folder. It
will open with
Navigate to the sharing folder and click
BitTornado will take a few moments to check the
When checking is complete, select
The mode will change to super seed mode.
If you have a cable modem with a maximum upload speed of
48 kB/s or less, select
Cable modem users should also set an upload limit 2 or 3
kB/s below their maximum upload speed. (A severe drop in
downstream bandwidth may occur if the modem's upstream is
If you have a different kind of internet connection,
select it from the menu and adjust the upload rate until
it's as high as possible.
Check the tracker website to verify that you are listed
as a complete possessor of the file, then post a thread at
the private message board announcing the movie's
availability for download. Don't forget to include a link
to the .torrent file!
Here are a few additional things you can include in your
Screenshots at playback resolution, to show the picture is
properly cropped and sized.
A link to the movie entry at
Tomatoes, or All
A link to the series entry at
The video codec and encoder version.
The audio codec and quality level of each stream.
The presence of extras like chapters and subtitles.
The names and sizes of the files included.
Your upload speed.
To take a screenshot, hit the Print Screen key,
then open your favorite image-editing program and hit
Ctrl+V. If that doesn't work, try turning off
your video card's hardware acceleration. (You can also use
Media Player Classic's "Save image" option, but it will
only capture the original un-resized image--which will be
distorted in the case of an anamorphic rip.) Save all
screenshots as lossless .PNGs, not .JPGs.
Free hosting for screenshots is available at
BitTornado will begin
uploading data once
other people have downloaded the .torrent file and opened
it with their BitTorrent clients. The tracker site might
not show your correct upload speed while in Super-Seed
mode, so go by the BitTornado display instead.
After a few hours or so (depending on your upload speed)
indicator will turn
green, meaning at least one person has finished downloading
When that happens, click
, then open
the .torrent file again. This time, do
not select super-seed mode. Just select an
Continue to upload as needed. When there are enough
seeds, you can close BitTornado.