The original bittorrent tracking site, headed up by developer Bram Cohen, has been in discussions with the MPAA and is pulling the plug on links to pirated movies from the site's search engine. Bittorrent has a huge variety of uses, but has come under a lot of flak lately for it's increase pirating activity, with sites having been shut down and some people even prosecuted. Cohen wants to make sure torrent lives for a long time to come and such has agreed to the MPAA's demands.
"BitTorrent Inc. discourages the use of its technology for distributing films without a license to do so," Cohen said in a statement. "As such, we are pleased to work with the film industry to remove unauthorized content from bittorrent.com's search engine."
It isn't all that widespread, apparently only referring to particular owned content, and relies on MPAA officials to find copyrighted material. This helps bridge the gap between illegal and illegal torrenting, however, which is a good thing. Torrents are a fantastic tool that has helped speed up the distribution of many things, such as large CD images. Some companies are even using torrents as a way to distribute files to their customers after purchase. It also helps that litigation has not been brought against Cohen, which has become almost industry standard these days.