Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

A Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Primer



A Copyright Primer


This whole section is optional.  However, it may be helpful if you want a better grasp on the copyright law, as it pertains to P2P file sharing.

The "Evils" of P2P

As if we didn’t know, P2P file sharing programs are used to share music, movies, software, etc. over the internet.  Much of it is unauthorized.  From a policy standpoint, how much of a problem is this?



The Industry Response


Suing the Individual Users of P2P Software


Most people have heard about the RIAA’s lawsuits against individuals who allegedly share music files through P2P networks.  The latest round of suits by the IFPI (the RIAA’s international equivalent) netted 8,000 file sharers.


Suing the P2P Software Companies



Other Solutions



Fun Stuff (completely optional)


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