On Wednesday, the 1996-founded non-profit organization Internet Archive - which describes itself as an Internet library - revealed that it has unleashed approximately 1PB (1 petabyte) of archived data via BitTorrent file-sharing site.
Established with the key objective of being an Internet-based library of media and the Web itself, chiefly for preserving digital content, the Internet Archive said in a blog post that it is offering 1.5 million torrents; and intends to further increase the content which it serves up from the controversial peer-to-peer file sharing site.
According to the blog post, the torrents being offered by the California-based Internet Archive via BitTorrent include "live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox audio book collection, feature films, old time radio, more than 1.2 million books, and all new uploads from patrons who are into community collections."
In addition to the several dozen web pages dedicated to wide-ranging content, the Internet Archive also chronicles 3,000 hours of 9/11 TV coverage, including over 20 channels of international TV News all through the week, as well as select analysis by scholars.
Meanwhile, expressing delight at the fact that BitTorrent's interests align with the Internet Archive's efforts in the direction of safeguarding and maintaining the cultural artifacts of the society, BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker said that the file-sharing site was committed to "building a sustainable future that empowers creative content, affects the social good and ultimately persuades institutional change."