Let's suppose a file is listed on a torrent site. Obviously, the site doesn't have the file but the tracker does have a list of address to which I can connect to download such file.
My question is: does the tracker also pass packets of the file or do I just connect directly to the computer(s) hosting it?
I can seed at 3/4mbs speed but I have no public IP: how is this even possible without a third part effectively taking the packet and redirect it to another user?
From a legal standpoint this makes a huge difference.
No one in the world can possibly connect to my computer without passing through a third part server as my IP is shared across the neighborhood.
So who is doing this thing? The tracker? If yes, then why most newspaper and blogs reports that "a tracker doesn't host the file but just a list of addresses" when a torrent site is shut down?