Get 3GB of Esperanto periodicals in a Bittorrent file
Available as a bittorrent file is a collection of Esperanto periodicals totalling 3GB, most from the 2005-2010 period, but also some very old ones. There are at least 50 different journals and magazines represented. The link is: http://www.gazetejo.org/files/Gazetejo.org-parto01-2010-09-10.torrent
Hi JimDawdy, since I have never dealt with bittorrent files before and don't know whether they are legal or not, I just want you to know that the terms of service prohibit the posting of pirated material (have a look at the terms, § 5 Inappropriate Use and that could result in an action against your account.
If the material is copyrighted and you do not have the right to share it with us, please delete it immediately. But if everything is okay, I'm thankful that you shared it.
See idshanks reply. A bittorrent file is essentially pointing to something, not the files themselves. However, I am aware of the concern, and from what I can tell: 1) It appears the site itself created a torrent file of all the materials available on the site(again see idshanks reply). This is perfectly legal (as long as they copyright holders have authorized the site to do so) and is how many large files and programs are distributed these days (Linux distros, Openoffice, etc etc). 2)The materials themselves appear to be samples of publications that the publishers and organizations have made freely available elsewhere (which is probably why you only see a few old editions of publications that normally you would have to purchase, such as Monato or Revuo Esperanto), or else which are in the public domain. If the copyright holders have an issue with the site gazetejo.org making their material available, they will have to find the site owners and issue them a notice. That's usually a bad idea though- those few sample issues are the best advertising they are going to get, and they should hope that the torrent is downloaded by as many Esperanto speakers as possible, to generate interest in subscribing to their publication. But, yes, if they determine that the site has hosted the material and created the torrent without permission, then they can ask for it to be deleted. 3)I cannot "delete" anything. It's akin to a photo being on the duolingo site, and me posting the duolingo url to the photo, and then saying to me: you have to remove that photo, because the photo might be copyrighted. 4)Given #2, under the "reasonable person" standard, I do not believe the site and the torrent contain illegally reproduced or distributed copyrighted material. However, as with anything you download from the internet, from any location, one should always be cognizent of the possibility that the material is copyrighted.
Thanks a lot for the detailled answer and for taking my concern seriously. Quite interesting and as I said before: Thanks a lot for sharing these valuable information!
Torrent files are neither legal nor illegal in and of themselves (at least, not in any country whose laws I'm familiar with; it would be an absurdity to illegalise the format, but I'd probably not be too surprised...), but rather may lead to copyrighted material which could infringe on certain laws. The legality/illegality of a torrent file is akin to the legality/illegality of a URL.
Anyway, you should have a look at the site since you have some Esperanto according to your profile. I have very minimal comprehension of Esperanto but from what I gather, the site is providing its own back-catalogue (or part of it) via torrent, and therefore the material would not be an infringement. Have a look and judge for yourself. :)
Thanks a lot for the detailled answer and for taking my concern seriously. My current level Esperanto does not correspond to my knowledge, though, because I'm not learning both economic French and Spanish making it impossible for me to maintain or even ameliorate my Esperanto. But since JimDawdy explained the situation in detail, there's no further need to have an own view. Thanks to both of your answers!