A few weeks ago I got hooked on the ABC series “Lost”. Of course that happened after the season was well under way, which has led to a secondary addiction to BitTorrent sharing so that I could catch the episodes I’d missed.
Yesterday, SuprNova shut things down — seemingly for good — which shut down access to the site where I had been getting the torrent links for the “Lost” episodes I had missed. That put me into severe withdrawl because there are several episodes I haven’t seen.
Last week The Register published an excellent analysis of how widespread this bittorrent addiction is; torrents account for a full 35% of Internet traffic. But as we all know, success like that can quickly turn sour, as sites like SuprNova face mounting legal pressure to put a stop to illegal file sharing. We’ve talked about the propriety of BitTorrent and TV shows a couple of times already, and to me it seems to me that pulling down a torrent file of a show that I could’ve taped should be ok. But from some of the other torrent listings I’ve seen while looking for the “Lost” episodes there are lots of people on the Naughty List for sharing a lot of content that hadn’t ought to be shared.
I have found other feed listings for “Lost”, so I think there is hope for now. But if torrenting gets shut down for good, what’s a poor junkie like me to do?