Actually I think it is a good way to encourage people that BT is not 'threatening' - I know I felt very suspicious when I first saw what it does - especially after all the problems with other filesharing systems with porn and viruses.
That may be the only good thing about that
One thing of interest I haven't seen elsewhere:
In a unique and very cool feature, when downloading from BitTorrent, GetRight can also simultaneously download the file from HTTP and/or FTP servers as well, putting all the pieces from all the different sources together into one complete file. This can greatly increase your speed downloading a file, especially when downloading from a Torrent where few peers have the file. And since the pieces you get via HTTP/FTP are shared out to the BitTorrent peers, this helps everyone! Nothing special is needed for the HTTP/FTP server.
How do you get this to work? Simple: if a website lists both a Torrent and a HTTP/FTP download for a file, just click them both.
Well, the reason you never saw that before is that this is totally unnecessary. I believe that for more than 99.99% of all torrents the data is ONLY available as a torrent. BT was designed to get the load off
of central servers, so this 'feature' really is counter-productive...