Recently, BREIN announced that it will prosecute BitTorrent users by collecting IP addresses and other evidences. The Dutch anti-piracy association said the Dutch Data Protection Authority gave them permission to gather IP addresses of those using BitTorrent.
On February 22, Dallas Buyers Club LLC filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Doe-18.104.22.168. The unknown defendant from Louisiana allegedly illegally downloaded and distributed the movie Dallas Buyers Club through peer-to-peer network BitTorrent; and this kind of lawsuit is the first of its kind filed in the Middle District of Louisiana.
Before BitTorrent became popular, it can be credited for an impressive 35% of all internet traffic as studies indicated a decade ago. Yet, in the years that followed, video streaming was introduced to the public with the launch of YouTube, and Netflix soon after. This resulted to a change in the internet traffic distribution. So in the United States, BitTorrent lost a significant share of the total internet traffic.