We're no longer a nation of torrenting pirates, apparently — or at least the takeup of bittorrent is slowing.
Photo by Mmaxer (Shutterstock). Juha Saarinen at ITNews reports on a Swinburne University Of Technology study that looked at the use of BitTorrent file sharing services has dipped to its lowest level in four years, with 77 per cent of those surveyed saying they never used file sharing services, up from 73 per cent in 2009. Music still appears to be the main object of file sharing, and you're apparently also more likely to be male if you do engage in a bit of illicit torrenting. It's suggested that there's a growing understanding of the legal issues surrounding torrents, especially as they related to the iiNet trial, and that may have led to the slight dip in user numbers.