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Bittorrent is a protocol that supports the practice of peer-to-peer file sharing and is used for distributing large amounts of data over the internet. bittorrent is one of the most common protocols for transferring large files and peer-to-peer networks have been estimated to collectively account for approximately 43% to 70% of all internet traffic (depending on geographical location) as of february 2009. in november of 2004 bittorrent was responsible for 35% of all internet traffic.