Google Play has rejected a popular BitTorrent client because it uses the word ”BitTorrent” in the full description. Apparently, Google now sees references to an open source transfer protocol as a no-go, stating that BitTorrent is another brand. While BitTorrent Inc. had the term trademarked years ago, the company didn’t ask Google to take this action.
With 2017 more than half way done, the battle against Internet piracy continues at a significant pace, with the world’s largest entertainment companies still flexing their muscles. The big question, however, is whether those who engage in the practice are still likely to get caught and punished for their actions.
The average torrent user might not be aware of it, but BitTorrent Inc. went through the most “bizarre” period in its history during the past two years. Bram Cohen, BitTorrent inventor and founder of the company, now lashes out at some of the people who he believes nearly destroyed it.