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File sharing - What
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|File sharing on
p2p is soaring despite the music and movie industry efforts to
curb the practice. Regardless of which side of the arguement you
are on it is likely that sharing of copyright material will
continue in one form or another for the foreseeable future.
With the advent of p2p file sharing it is possible to download music,
movies, movie trailers, MP3's, TV shows, software, games and
ringtones all for free. All that is required is a fast internet
connection and some P2P software. A peer to peer computer
network is a network used for sharing content like audio, video,
data or anything in digital format. The best known example of
p2p file sharing application was Napster. Napster was shutdown
following a lawsuit with the music industry.
Today, Napster has been replaced by a new type of application which required
no central server and allows the anonymous sharing of files. The
most common peer to peer networks today are Kazaa, Grokster,
eMule and Morpheus.
Be warned however that much of the content on p2p networks is copyright
material and therefore downloading or sharing this material can
violate copyright laws especially in light of the recent US
Supreme Court rules against file-sharing services. There is also
the risk of downloading viruses and spyware as these
file-sharing networks are not secure. Spyware and adware
programs are frequently bundled into P2P file sharing software.
Downloaded material could also contain pornography.
About the author:
(c) Noel Hynes, 2005. Reprint rights granted to copy and publish
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