P2p Vs. P2p Process Essay

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In today’s digital world, the process of creating, discovering and sharing knowledge as well as the avoidance and misuse of file sharing often tests the limits of technology. Computer networks throughout college campuses frequently reproduce and distribute copyrighted music, movies, books, television shows, and software through the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. A peer-to-peer, or “P2P,” file transfer service allows the user to share computer files through the Internet. (https://www.nsf.gov/oig/peer.pdf) Peer-to-peer services such as KaZaA, The Pirate Bay, Grutella, RapidShare, Morpheus and BearShare all allow users to search for and download files to their computers while also enabling the sharing of files by downloading material to another user’s computer. P2P sharing has been around for many years although with new and ever-changing applications, users have the ability to share material around the globe, creating a network of linked users. Many studies have shown that P2P file sharing services are unauthorized although; P2P technologies have many legitimate uses. Users can employ file sharing programs to lawfully and legitimately share large files they have the right or the license to share. Some instances where file sharing is absolutely legal consist of works that were published before 1923 in the United States, works in which the copyright term has expired without terms for renewal, works in which the author has publicly placed in the public domain and works that…

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