TORONTO (Reuters) – Torrents are a powerful tool to share information on a wide range of media and digital content, but a torrent’s capabilities may be limited by the software it runs.
In a new study, TorrentFreak found that when using free and open source software like Tor, it is possible to download thousands of movies and music on a single torrent.
But when using proprietary software such as BitTorrent, or other services like Fiverr, it’s not so easy to get your hands on these files.
A new study from TorrentFreaks finds that using BitTorrent for downloads of copyrighted content is possible, but not so much so as using a commercial service like BitTorrent.
The study analyzed torrent download rates for torrent sites such as Fiverror, TorrentHub, and Tor and found that there was a large difference between the speed of download speeds and the price paid for the files.
The results of the study were presented at the Society for Communications Research conference on Wednesday.
Tor users had the highest download speeds in Canada, at 2.56 megabits per second, compared with 4.09 megabit per second for the average user in the United States.
For Fiverrs, it was 0.94 megabittps.
For Tor users, it ranged between 0.68 and 0.82 megabitters per second.
“When you combine torrents with the high bandwidth of Tor, you’re basically able to download more than the average Canadian subscriber at the moment,” said TorrentFreaky’s Rob Vos, who led the study.
“I’m not saying that Tor is the only service that can do this, but it’s certainly an interesting one.”
For Fivers, the study found that using a Tor proxy service could make downloading files on a Fiverreys torrent a relatively straightforward process.
“The fact that we’re able to do this is a good thing for the Fiverrer community,” Vos said.
“It gives them a way to have their content available without a proxy.
It also means that they can pay more for their content, which is great.”
Fiverr is one of the few services that offer free or open source downloads of their content.
In a statement, the company said it was pleased with the study and the results.
“Fiverrs’ team of developers are dedicated to ensuring that Fiverrons content is available for everyone, no matter where they are on the globe,” the statement said.