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P2P - Legit or Not?

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 11 August 2004 - 02:56 PM

Do Peer-to-Peer applications have a legitimate purpose? That is what one advocacy group is trying to show by sharing Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 via Bittorrent, a popular file sharing mechanism.

Phawgg has brought to our attention a news article about a Peer-to-Peer advocacy group who is trying to show that P2P applications can have a valid use and not only for the transmittal and downloading of copyrighted materials.
Is it too late for these types of actions or enough to maybe help prove their side? Let us know what you think.

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 07:06 PM

Absolutely! Peer-to-Peer applications do have a legitimate purposes. I always try to download open-source programs with BitTorrent to save sf.net's bandwidth. Downloading Linux iso's with BT instead of regular downloading has got to save the person hosting the file a ton of money. As with DVD copying, it's a good thing that's often abused. :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 August 2004 - 02:39 AM

It's just another medium to transfer data, and is a legitimate medium. However, due to the fact that it's so badly exploited by pirates, it's gotten a bad name.

If we make it illegal, we might as well make MS File and Print sharing, domains, and even burning CD's illegal. This is all a really bad idea. The whole point of the internet is to share information (the super highway, remember?).

That being said, don't steal programs and songs. Pay for them, or find a free alternative.

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 08:34 PM

The whole point of the internet is to share information (the super highway, remember?).

A well developed, innovative alternative that a very large percentage of real people have implemented as a system. The fact that music has often been refered to as the universal language no doubt has had an impact on bringing about the global cooperation that has been evidenced. It seems that a great percentage of those who converse in this universal language are likely not going to profit greatly by their willingness to learn how. Some will. It has been that way for a long time. So, a US Congressional Act being implemented to thwart years of effort & participation worldwide hardly seems appropriate.

On a personal level... as an American living in the time I have... I wish that the Arts, and those who participate in them, represented a larger percentage of the Gross National Product than it does. I'm also aware of the percentage of my income over many years has been spent in this direction and would hope others are mindful of such realities.

On the other hand, maybe statistical measurements are inappropriate or inadequate in the light of more difficult to measure factors in success. Perhaps a greater good may come of the sacrifices the recording industry has had to suffer as other industries or endeavors have not to such a degree.

Edited by phawgg, 19 August 2004 - 08:44 PM.

patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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