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Re: Lawyer request stop from downloading Debian

On Tue, 26 Apr 2011, Jeff Epler wrote:
I'm trying to figure out how transmitting a range of bytes in a
torrent is different than transmitting a range of bytes in response to
e.g., an FTP REST or an HTTP byte-range request.

It's not.  Imagine that instead of torrenting the file, you just downloaded it
by FTP, then made it available for someone else to get by FTP.

That would be illegal too, if you made it available without source (and
didn't receive a written offer which you passed on).  You can only distribute
with source.

The difference is that if you are using FTP, when you get around to
distributing it, you can put the source up at the same time.  If you're using
torrents, you're automatically distributing it without any chance to
distribute the source (unless the source is in the same torrent).

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