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O'Reilly Network articles about this topic:

Stop the Copying, Start a Media Revolution (openp2p.com)
O'Reilly editor Andy Oram outlines a future where we have access to vibrant media that doesn't depend on the money and distribution powers of traditional publishers and studios.

Scrambling the Equations: Potential Trends in Networking (Web Services DevCenter)
New, networked file systems, scripting languages for devices, extensions to the seven-layer ISO networking model, and a new class of criminal offenses are all possible trends of the next few years.

Is All Music File-Sharing Piracy? (openp2p.com)
Morpheus is looking like the heir apparent for the now-unusable Napster. Being decentralized, perhaps Morpheus is more resistant to RIAA lawsuits than Napster. Perhaps not. In any case, the music industry should realize that -- online and offline -- there are legit uses of copyright material that don't require a payment.

Morpheus Out of the Underworld (openp2p.com)
Now that Napster has disabled all previous versions of the software. So where have all file-sharers gone? Would you believe Morpheus -- a system that has far surpassed not only the hobbled Napster but also Gnutella. Clip2 takes an in-depth look at the Morpheus system.

OpenCola: Swarming Folders (openp2p.com)
Andy Oram looks at Swarmcast and Folders, two great P2P developments that go great together.

The Future of Digital Media (openp2p.com)
The landscape of online music changed again with Vivendi's purchase of MP3.com on May 21. This package looks at many of the legal, social, and political issues surrounding online music.

XDegrees tackles name service and file caching (openp2p.com)
XDegrees offers a robust and scalable solution to the name service worthy of the sophisticated peer-to-peer systems many organizations are trying to develop nowadays.

Learning the JXTA Shell (openp2p.com)
The JXTA shell brings the good ol' *nix command line to P2P. Rael Dornfest provide a first-look tutorial on how to use the shell.

alt.napster (openp2p.com)
Now that Napsters filters are in place, where should one go to continue file-sharing? We take a look at the most popular file-sharing programs being used as an alternative to Napster.

The Parable of Umbrellas and Taxicabs (openp2p.com)
When it rains, why is it easy to buy an umbrella, but next to impossible to hail a cab? As with P2P, some resources can be easily deployed to meet increased demand and some cannot.

Mojo Nation Responds (openp2p.com)
Clay Shirky misses the point, says Mojo Nation leader Jim McCoy: Resource contention is P2P reality.

Wiki Python (Python DevCenter)
MoinMoin and ZWiki, two Python-related projects, provide collaborative environments for Web communities.

Could Ogg Vorbis Replace MP3? (openp2p.com)
As the Fraunhofer Institute prepares to collect royalties on its patented technologies within MP3, an open-source alternative may be gaining steam.


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dHTTP (Distributed HTTP)
Jon Udell's Byte.com article about dHTTP, a system of networked HTTP "servers" that are lightweight and simple enough to run on average PCs. Udell built a prototype of this network a few years back. In the aftermath of Napster, Udell realized that in this system, the distinction between 'big services out there in the cloud' and 'little services here on my machine' starts to erode. Every machine can act simultaneously as a client and a server... [Source: Byte.com]

The Truth About File Sharing
By Jon Katz. This piece explains the how the popularity of the Web has drastically affected the music industry's marketing and distribution models and puts the emergence of P2P technologies into perspective, and then sets out to provide some insight into the possible long term effects that P2P file-sharing might have on the Web. [Source: Slashdot]

Med Records Get Cue From Napster
By Michelle Delio. CareScience technology uses peer-to-peer file sharing to increase the availability of medical records. [Source: Wired News]

Egocentric Self Organization
This essay defines the difference between leachers and spammers , and then goes on to explain some of the basics about the self-organizing patterns of homogeneous peer-to-peer networks. [Source: Ben Houston]

Interview with Jim McCoy of Mojo Nation
This is an interview with Jim McCoy, CEO and founder of Mojo Nation, a company whose file sharing system combines decentralized peer-to-peer networking with its own non-traditional currency for micropayments (called "Mojo") to create a cost-effective method of distributing web-based content.

McCoy has managed the operations of several large-scale Internet services and startups including Yahoo!, Four11, Communities.com, and IO.com. He has also run campus-wide information services for the University of Texas-Austin and Northwestern University. [Source: infoAnarchy]

Understanding Peer-to-Peer Networking and File-Sharing
A Brief History of peer-to-peer File-Sharing. A break down of Napster's technology is outlined, as well as the history, development, structure and model of the Gnutella protocol. The alternative centralized models of the Publius and Scour Exchange systems are also discussed. [Source: LimeWire]

Son of Scour close to file-swapping beta launch
By John Borland. "CenterSpan Communications, the small company that bought the technology assets and brand name of bankrupt peer-to-peer company Scour late last year, has started asking for online beta testers to try out a new version of Scour's file-swapping service." [Source: CNET News.com]

Peer Profiteer
By Daniel Frank. "Legal battles have already dragged Napster’s peer-to-peer content model into court. Flycode believes it can make it work, legally. Flycode’s Bill Bales (left) and Adrian Scott help Web surfers fly the friendly skies of the Internet. What a concept: Napster without the lawsuits." [Source: Business 2.0]

Thoughts on Peer-to-Peer
This essay by Dan Bricklin raises some interesting issues surrounding the success of Napster and filesharing applications in general. "Because of Napster's success, many people are trying to learn more about P2P and to see how and where it could be helpful. In this essay, I discuss some of those issues." [Source: Dan Bricklin's Web Site]

First Copyright Infringement Detection Solution For Aimster
"MediaForce, an digital copyright protection firm specializing in the detection and prevention of digital piracy on the Internet, today announced that its suite of copyright infringement detection services has been extended to support the popular Aimster file-trading network." [Source: mi2n]

Fleshing Out Peer Filters
By Brad King. "With peer-to-peer networks continuing to evolve, it was only a matter of time before the adult entertainment industry moved center stage in the development process. Nudester, a file-trading network for adult entertainment, allows its operators to have more control over who and what is on their networks thanks to automated programs that troll the system." [Source: Wired News]

If You Can't Track 'em, Join 'em
By Brad King. "An alliance between three media file-tracking companies makes it possible to monitor, track, contact and shut down the systems of users who engage in illegal activity on the Internet. BayTSP, Media Enforcer and Copyright.net -- companies that have applications to search for copyrighted materials -- agreed to share their tracking technologies with each other as part of an equity deal that creates a loose federation of companies involved in rights management." [Source: Wired News]

Free Riding on Gnutella
By Eytan Adar and Bernardo A. Huberman. "An extensive analysis of user traffic on Gnutella shows a significant amount of free riding in the system. By sampling messages on the Gnutella network over a 24-hour period, we established that almost 70% of Gnutella users share no files, and nearly 50% of all responses are returned by the top 1% of sharing hosts. Furthermore, we found out that free riding is distributed evenly between domains, so that no one group contributes significantly more than others, and that peers that volunteer to share files are not necessarily those who have desirable ones."

See also the O'Reilly Network's interview with Eytan available in MP3 and RealAudio. [Source: Internet Ecologies Area, Xerox Palo Alto Res]



P2P Weblogs

Richard Koman Richard Koman's Weblog
Supreme Court Decides Unanimously Against Grokster
Updating as we go. Supremes have ruled 9-0 in favor of the studios in MGM v Grokster. But does the decision have wider import? Is it a death knell for tech? It's starting to look like the answer is no. (Jun 27, 2005)

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