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    The End of File Sharing?

    According to CNET, last week P2P network eDonkey announced that they will settle a copyright infringement lawsuit with the RIAA for $300 million and completely close the site. eDonkey2000 users prompted to update their software were forced to watch the product uninstall after initiating the update and visitors to the website are met with a message displaying visitor IP addresses and warning internet users that they are not anonymous online.

    In August it was discovered that Kazaa settled with RIAA for $115 million and though still operational, P2P application Limewire is currently facing a $476 million lawsuit, which is expected to go to court next month.

    Since the original Napster fallout many file sharers have drifted toward other sources, like the non-node-connected BitTorrent protocol, which allow users to download files from multiple sources at the same time. The legality of many currently existing programs is still being decided, but some experts are now speculating that after years of fighting costly lawsuits it's possible that conventional peer-to-peer networks may be coming to an end.
    I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said whatever it was.

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    Well, looks like I'll have to resort to getting music the old fashion way. Going to Walmart and stuffing CDs into my backpack.

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    Friend of mine apparently snagged a job at edonkey a while ago and now that he's getting laid off, some other company picked him up for almost 50% more pay. Go figure.

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    The legality of many currently existing programs is still being decided, but some experts are now speculating that after years of fighting costly lawsuits it's possible that conventional peer-to-peer networks may be coming to an end.
    Oh please. There's so much fud in the OP's post that it's making my head hurt. Doomsday and sensationalist reportings a good thread does not make.
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    If you don't share your files, the boy scouts will give you a badge!
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    Sharing is careing.



    At least that's what the swingers say.
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    I think that file sharing is so much a large part of the internet, people are not used to paying for their 20 dollar CD's, it is hopeless to stop. You can download whole albums with bit torrent
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    So maybe IBM was right but at the wrong time when they gave the software rights to Bill Gates with the general statement that the money is in the hardware and people will pay for the hardware because it's a physical thing unlike software which is some easily copied info on on a $0.50 disk.

    Or somthing of that nature.

    Software can always be hacked, if someone programed it, someone can unprogram it. hell people even hack proprietary stuff like X-boxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    If you don't share your files, the boy scouts will give you a badge!
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/nation...acy_Patch.html
    Luckily, I'm out of scouts, because that is stupid.

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    There was an article this week in the Wall Street Journal to the effect of companies giving up on catching and prosecuting file sharers, but rather looking for ways to profit from it. They mentioned a clip from a Jay-Z concert that they yanked and laced with Coke ads then put it back up for sharing, that way if you're gonna download the file you at least have to sit through a commercial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    I think that file sharing is so much a large part of the internet, people are not used to paying for their 20 dollar CD's, it is hopeless to stop. You can download whole albums with bit torrent
    $20 per CD?

    1. Screw "popular artists." They're nowhere near good enough to justify the price they ask for their garbage.

    2. Don't buy music from the mall. There are plenty of record labels you can buy from directly for less money. Plus, you get better music and the artists get the money that they need to keep making good music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Oh please. There's so much fud in the OP's post that it's making my head hurt. Doomsday and sensationalist reportings a good thread does not make.
    Wow, ILTB has a Canadian twin brother!
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