Peer-To-Peer

A P2P computer network is a network that relies primarily on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively low number of servers. P2P networks are typically used for connecting nodes via largely ad hoc connections. Such networks are used for many purposes. Sharing content files containing audio, video, data or anything in digital format is common, and realtime date, such as telephony traffic, is also passed using P2P.

Some P2P sites are:

1. http://www.imesh.com: Program: imesh 7.0
Details: 15 Million free songs and Videos, over 2 million original high quality songs licensed from the record labels. It is described as a P2P files sharing that’s 100% legal
2. http://www.filetopia.com: IM, chat, free email, message boards and file collection organizer.
3. http://www.bigredh.com: What you need, when you need it!!!
Details: Free Movie downloads/music, Download full movie, file sharing software, concerts
4. http://www.aimster.com
5. http://www.gnutella.com
6. http://www.kazaa.com
7. http://www.bearshare.com
6. Programs: edonkey, emule, bittorent, limewire, etc

Bearshare.com is a small but powerful site. You can swap not only music files, but also digital media like video, pictures and text… a complete sharing of files among peers in a network.

If you download Aimster, you can share any kind of digital file with anyone on buddy list, and that could be up to 60 millions buddies all around the world….

P2P techcnologies have changed the way we share our files within a network…. When u get connected to a peer (acting as a server), you can swap your files with it… and in turn, people who get connected on this same peer can even download your file on that server…

It is a whole never-ending process of file sharing…. Just think of Amster whereby you can share any kind of digital file with anyone on the buddy list…. Each buddy becomes like a platform for the user to get connected to other peers. Don’t they have an end or limit???

My First Question would be: how far the sharing of resources through interconnected peers is reliable? Taking into consideration that sharing of files may bring all types of Viruses and Spywares.

My Second Question relies on the copyright laws that regulate the music industry: Are the artists getting paid for all their songs that are being downloaded for free? Isn’t it a type of piracy? An open type of piracy?

My 3rd question: Are we ethical about music downloads?

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2 thoughts on “Peer-To-Peer

  1. If the music downoaded on peer-to-peer are pirated stuff, it is obvious that the artist are not being paid for that. But, it is to be noted, that peer-t-peer technology is not another word for piracy. Actually, you do have a lot of commercial sites that take advantage of the P2P to sell music, videos as well as audio books and much more. So why are you focussing only the ‘pirate’ aspect of P2P? P2P is just an evolution of technology and now it depends on how you use it. Not beacause you have a gun that it means that you are a murderer… Reflect on it… Catch you later!

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