[QUOTE=Millennium12;2768580]I have no doubt that it can be used legally but this is the cornerstone tool for pirates to distribute illegal contents fast - without it the scene would be hampered quite a bit, no?[/QUOTE]
In addition, the scene does not use P2P to any extent. It is like I told you before leaked releases that makes it to torrent-sites… Mostly through scene hangarounds. The scene itself is pretty old-school still using FTP/WEB/Other. Like mentioned, they are a small group of people (it is just the media hyping it up and seemingly, they have managed to convince you).
Most of what you will find at torrent-sites are actually made available by users of that site either by ripping CD/DVD themselves or posting a download from another torrent-site - and they are for the most ordinary people with only a couple of ‘releases’ each… Now when, just for the sake of an example, 200.000 or more do that, you get numbers.
What the scene provides in all this through leaks are many, but not all of the pre-release and 0-day torrents as far as music and movies goes.
To try to give you an idea how big this picture is, I can use my own country. In Norway, we are about 5.000.000 people and I guess about 100.000 use torrent-sites frequently and about 200.000 have used them from time to time.
How these numbers are in other countries, I would not know, but I do not think Norway is unique in any way.