P2P Sharing

Intellectual Property

  What is Peer-to-Peer?

1. Peer-to-Peer networks have been around since the origins of computers. There is a common misconception that peer-to-peer networks are only used to download music or movies illegally. There are actually many companies use peer-to-peer networks to share company files.
2. A more direct definition is offered by Peer-to-Peer Network : A peer-to-peer network is one in which two or more PCs share files and access to devices such as printers without requiring a seperate server computer or server software.

What are the harms of Peer-to-Peer's?

1. Peer-to-peer networks can leave your computer open for worms and virus attacks.
2. Many people use peer-to-peer networks to acquire copyrighted music or movies illegally.
Possible threats that can harm your computer through peer-to-peer networks can be found at P2P Security

Has peer-to-peer file sharing caused a decline in media sales?

1. There has been a decline the sales of CD's over the past few years, suggesting that peer-to-peer file sharing could be the reason
2. Some people suggest that the decline in music sales has more to do with the quality of the artists as opposed to peer-to-peer file sharing.
3. Some artists have used peer-to-peer file sharing programs to help increase the sales in their CD's. Such was the case with Steve Winwood.

What is the future of peer-to-peer?

There is evidence to suggest that peer-to-peer file sharing won't be going away anytime soon. By using advertisements, there are companies making millions of dollars off of file sharing programs, and there's new software continually being released. Intel even believes that peer-to-peer networks could be "ushering in the next computing revolution" in the article Intel: The future is peer.


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