The growth rate for illegal downloading of copyrighted material via peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services slowed during 2006, while use of their legal counterparts picked up, according to recent research.Nonetheless, open and walled-off P2P services — so-called darknets — remain the primary means of sharing and downloading music, videos, images and other copyrighted media. As they continue to pose a significant threat to established industry players and despite at times questionable efforts to suppress them, they will continue to be the favorite whipping boy for the music and film industries’ antipiracy efforts.Entertainment industry players must battle against the very nature of the media they produce and distribute. Music and film are shared experiences and new digital technologies enable them to be shared more widely and more easily than ever before.Moreover, P2P is an attractive way for people to create culture and interact with music and film. Also, P2P technologies are key elements of recent advances in network computing. They are widely and legally used by developers in distributed and grid computing, as well as being an important mechanism in the creation of open source software. However, trying to suppress P2P technology results in driving it underground.Out of 47 million digital… Read full this story
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