To P2P or not to P2P ?

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Yellow Belt
P2P doesen't seem so easy to kill, despite the efforts of MPAA & Co.
Below is quite an interesting experiment.


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Simple programs make file sharing inevitable

In a bid to demonstrate the futility of trying to ban peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, a computer scientist has written the shortest P2P program ever.

Like all P2P applications, Tiny P2P, written by Edward Felten of Princeton University in New Jersey, establishes a network between PCs on which files can be transferred without using a central server. Members of the network make content on their hard drives available to everyone else. But this decentralisation allows, for instance, movie pirates to hide illicit footage more easily.

Felten is concerned that Congress might revive a piece of legislation called the Induce Act, which would outlaw file-sharing networks, and he wrote Tiny P2P to make a point. At just 15 lines long, it is around 1 per cent of the size of regular file-sharing programs like BitTorrent. "It shows how little it takes," he told New Scientist. "P2P can be simple and written very quickly, so to try to ban or prevent the technology is not feasible."

The music, publishing and movie industry backers of the Induce Act say that file-sharing networks encourage people to breach book, music and movie copyright. But Felten points out that P2P has many legitimate benefits, such as allowing people to share large documents and databases - on genealogy for instance - without clogging the connections to old-fashioned centralised databases.


I agree with you Alex,
The copyright authority is view things from the wrong perspective at the moment.
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