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Session 1 - P2P Networks


Peer To peer aka (P2P) Filesharing

Music has always been sometime that people have liked to share with others and the internet has made that possible on a grand scale. You can now easily share music with friends or strangers anywhere in the world that has access to the world wide web with the help of a Peer to Peer File Sharing program.

There are many different Peer to Peer (commonly known as P2P) software programs. If you don’t already have one you have propably heard of one of them. The most popular of them being Limewire, Azeurus, Kazaa, Utorrent, Usenet, Emule and BitTorrent to name but a few. There are millions of users of P2P networks all over the world that enables you to share audio, video, text files (e.g. e-books), software programs and games.

There has been a lot of media attention focused on P2P networks because of legal issues to do with sharing copyright of the content. As well as the legal copyright risks involved with P2P filesharing there are also issues of harmful content / contact and with privacy and security.

How P2P works

P2P software is downloaded from the internet and installled on your P.C. The software creates a “shared media” folder on your P.C. in which files are stored that you wish to share with others
Peer to Peer aka (P2P) networking eliniminates the need for central servers, allowing computers to communicate and share resources with each other as equals.
Music Filesharing, Instant messaging and other popular network applications rely on P2P technology

There are a number of P2P sites of which some are listed below

Ares Galaxy - www.aresgalaxy.net/
BearShare - www.bearshare.com
eDonkey - www.E--Donkey.com
Gnutella - www.gnutella.com
Kazzaa - www.kazaa.com
Limewire - www.limewire.com