What is not known is how many of the 45 million users of BitTorrent search for files to download via the BitTorrent.com site. Many other websites let people search for so-called "torrents" or simply list the most popular ones for people to download and these sites could be unaffected by the deal.
The deal between the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and BitTorrent is the latest in a long line of moves to limit the illegal sharing of films via the net.
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