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Peer to Peer File Sharing

Is it theft or a free exchange of ideas? Does it hurt the music/TV industry or help spur on sales?

started by JackCNewell on 11/22/09.

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When you aren't stealing this is a great way to distribute media. It takes the onus off of one sight to host a file provide for a large amount of bandwidth. It is also a good way for an artist who is getting started to distribute their own music without incurring the cost of hosting it on a site.

by Uklamok (62.03) on 11/24/09.

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Modern hashing, chunk verification and different encryption methods have made most networks resistant to almost any type of attack, even when major parts of the respective network have been replaced by faked or nonfunctional hosts.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 11/24/09.

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Some researchers have explored the benefits of enabling virtual communities to self-organize and introduce incentives as a resource sharing and cooperation, arguing that what is missing from today's peer-to-peer systems should be seen both as a goal and a means for self-organized virtual communities to be built and fostered. Ongoing research efforts for designing effective incentive mechanisms in P2P systems, based on principles from game theory are beginning to take on a more psychological and information-processing direction.


by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 11/24/09.

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If artists want to give their music away, they do so on their websites. People do not have the right to just "share" intellectual property without compensation to the artist. And it's a bullshit argument that there are no lost sales because people who listen and like will buy while those who don't would never have bought the album, movie, TV show anyway. If I would never have bought some other product, like say a car, I don't just get to keep the car. So if you stream a song and like it, much like test driving a car, you then have the option to buy it. If someone were somehow able to give you an instant copy of a vehicle, much like sharing an MP3, whether or not you decided you liked it, you still have an automobile that you didn't pay for. And the more that people file share, the less profit there is for the artist, which in turn might take away a lot of incentive for said artist to make him music, craft, etc., and the higher the price of the product for those who purchase legally.

by froggerus (55.06) on 11/23/09.

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As with most network systems, unsecure and unsigned codes may allow remote access to files on a victim's computer or even compromise the entire network. When anti-P2P companies managed to introduce faked chunks into downloads, files were unusable afterwards or even contained malicious code.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 11/24/09.

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