Anonymous File Sharing a Goal to Combat RIAA

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posted on Jun, 30 2003 @ 03:51 PM
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TextNet services promise anonymous file sharing -- eventually

With the record industry preparing to sue its customers -- at least those who download without paying -- now comes the next step: file-sharing services that promise to keep users anonymous.


Recording Industry Association of America officials say they can find any song swapper on services such as Kazaa and Grokster using simple tracking software. But new services such as Earth Station 5 and eDonkey2000 say they can protect the identity of their users. And established file-sharing services say they will adapt to protect their customers.


The RIAA's actions ''will force us to come up with solutions that will make it harder, if not impossible, to detect who the users are,'' says Elan Oren of Imesh, a song- and game-swap firm based in Israel. ''It's the never-ending game of the firewall and the hacker.''

Yahoo Technology




posted on Jun, 30 2003 @ 04:52 PM
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just a thought but wouldnt this new *anonymous file sharing* help people that traffic in child pornograthy? i mean isnt that a bad thing? i would rather it just kept mp3 files anonymous so that you could still track mpg and jpg files.



posted on Jun, 30 2003 @ 05:00 PM
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I agree that the kiddie porn can still be pushed thru. However, if someone really wants to trade that crap, they are going to find a way to trade it, thru anonymous file transfer or newsgroups or whatever. I think anything that can be done to combat the RIAA(read "Evil Empire") is a good course of action.



posted on Jun, 30 2003 @ 05:02 PM
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Originally posted by ufochaser
I agree that the kiddie porn can still be pushed thru. However, if someone really wants to trade that crap, they are going to find a way to trade it, thru anonymous file transfer or newsgroups or whatever. I think anything that can be done to combat the RIAA(read "Evil Empire") is a good course of action.



shoot, we've trafficed in MP3 hand to hand before.
Hand crossing networks rock.



posted on Jun, 30 2003 @ 05:35 PM
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Anonymous File Sharing already exists...

What is Freenet? An Executive Summary
Freenet is free software which lets you publish and obtain information on the Internet without fear of censorship. To achieve this freedom, the network is entirely decentralized and publishers and consumers of information are anonymous. Without anonymity there can never be true freedom of speech, and without decentralization the network will be vulnerable to attack.
Communications by Freenet nodes are encrypted and are "routed-through" other nodes to make it extremely difficult to determine who is requesting the information and what its content is.

Users contribute to the network by giving bandwidth and a portion of their hard drive (called the "data store") for storing files. Unlike other peer-to-peer file sharing networks, Freenet does not let the user control what is stored in the data store. Instead, files are kept or deleted depending on how popular they are, with the least popular being discarded to make way for newer or more popular content. Files in the data store are encrypted to reduce the likelihood of prosecution by persons wishing to censor Freenet content.

The network can be used in a number of different ways and isn't restricted to just sharing files like other peer-to-peer networks. It acts more like an Internet within an Internet. For example Freenet can be used for:

Publishing websites or 'freesites'
Communicating via message boards
Playing simple turn-based games like Chess
Content distribution
Freenet is not just theoretical, it has been downloaded by over 1.2 million users since the project started, and it is used for the distribution of censored information all over the world, including countries such as China and the Middle East. Ideas and concepts pioneered in Freenet have inspired hundreds of academic papers in the fields of computer communication, security, and law. Freenet has also received significant coverage in the mainstream press.

freenet.sourceforge.net...





 
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