utorrent 1.7.x banned or broken

I dunno what happened, but it seems to me that uTorrent 1.7.x is broken and is being banned by several trackers. There are several VERY long threads at http://forum.torrent.com/.

Even the wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%9CTorrent has an entry under the headline Major Bugs. For posterity it currently reads (I suspect this will get removed from the post very soon).

Major bugs
On July 21, 2007 µTorrent version 1.7.2 was released which fixed two bugs that had caused earlier 1.7 versions to be banned on a variety of trackers. The bugs in question could cause wrong stats to be reported both intentionally and unintentional. The first bug was solved in version 1.7.1 and the second in 1.7.2[16]. Although rumors spread that these µTorrent versions also reported personal info to a unknown destination (possibly the RIAA or MPAA) this has not been proven.

The solution is pretty obvious: http://download.utorrent.com/1.6.1/utorrent.exe

There is a bigger issue here, and it concerns the survival of P2P, will our own paranoia about the MPAA / RIAA  force P2P out of use. Are they spreading the rumors, if they are it is certainly the best weapon they have against P2P. If its just paranoia, well that’s pretty sad. uTorrent, is one of the finest pieces of freeware ever, as essential as WinZip ever was. So let’s not ruin a good thing.


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