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  • Jun 22nd, 2010 @ 12:20pm

    BitTorrent copied this architecture...

    Swarm downloading using chunks from different peers was hardly new with BitTorrent. SwarmCast, Gnutella, and iMesh were all doing this before BitTorrent. Basically any P2P program that didn't use swarm downloading after about 2001 was getting stale.

    The fact multi-source downloading is associated with BitTorrent has always been a mystery. I think everyone just didn't quite understand the fact that every other major p2p company was already doing it when BitTorrent came along, and that became the headline reporters used to explain what was different about BitTorrent.

    So, "legally" (emphasis on quotes), this crazy approach applies to almost all p2p architectures out there!