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Since huge quantities of information can be computer-digitalized and transmitted, music researchers could, for example, swap records over the Net with "essentially perfect fidelity." So much for record stores (in present form). -- Stewart Brand, Spacewar: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums, Rolling Stone (Dec. 1972)

"Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing allows users to share files online through an informal network of computers running the same software. File-sharing can give you access to a wealth of information, but it also has a number of risks. You could download copyright-protected material, pornography, or viruses without meaning to. Or you could mistakenly allow other people to copy files you don’t mean to share.

P2P has presented a challenge to the DMCA. The DMCA creates a mechanism to protect copyright owners through "Notice and Takedown." Copyright owners provide ISPs notice of copyright material hosted on their service, and the ISPs take it down. The problem P2P creates is that the material is hosted not on the ISPs servers but on the subscribers computers. ISPs cannot very well take down what they do not control. One option ISPs apparently consider in order to "take down" the content is to terminate the account of the subscriber. Copyright owners have been taking advantage of DMCA subpoenas in order to identify P2P users.

"If you’re considering P2P file-sharing:

Derived From: OnGuard Online

P2P has become a Network Neutrality issue. AT&T is suggesting that it will start filter its internet traffic in order to filter out infringing copyright material (putting themselves in the position of determining what is infringing and what is not). See also Blocking P2P. A number of members of Congress who are big copyright advocates, such as Rep. Mary Bono Mack, support this proposition.

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  • Distributed Computing Industry Association
  • DRM Watch
  • EFF
  • Free Press
  • Internet Research Task Force (IETF & ISOC) Peer-to-Peer
  • Lionshare : Penn State
  • P2P United
  • Peers2Peers.org The Teen's Guide to Downloading Music Online, and Talking to Your Children About downloading Music Online - A Parent's Guide - featured on the Today Show
  • RIAA
  • Tracking the Trackers
  • Wiredsafety.org
  • Rights Enforcement Companies
  • BayTSP
  • NetEnforcers
  • Webcasts & Podcasts

    News

    p2p
  • Jammie Thomas judgment lowered from $1.5 million to $54,000, CNET 7/26/2011
  • Copyright Group Sues 23,000 BitTorrent Defendants, Wired 5/12/2011
  • 23,000 Sued For Illegally Downloading The Same Film, Huffpo 5/12/2011
  • Judge administers another beatdown to P2P lawyer, severs cases, Ars Technica 4/4/2011
  • Another New Study Shows That Filesharing Doesn't Deter Artists From Making Music, EFF 3/30/2011
  • Public Citizen & EFF File For Sanctions Against Anti-P2P Lawyer Evan Stone, Techdirt 2/16/2011
  • Did Jammie Thomas case backfire on file sharers?, CNET 11/12/2010
  • Why The Jammie Thomas Verdicts Return Such Huge Amounts Per Song Shared: It's All About The Framing, Techdirt 11/5/2010
  • Third jury fines Minnesota woman $1.5M for pirating 24 songs, CW 11/5/2010
  • "An Anonymous, Offline, Peer To Peer File-Sharing Network In Public Space", NPR 11/3/2010
  • Judge may dismiss 4,576 of 4,577 P2P defendants from lawsuit, Ars Technica 6/9/2010
  • Judge Guts Whopping RIAA File Sharing Verdict, Wired 7/12/2010
  • Tenenbaum Case Finds Copyright Statutory Damages Unconstitutional, ingo/law 7/12/2010
  • EFF Launches Subpoena Defense List to Help Targets of Movie-Downloading Lawsuits, EFF 6/14/2010
  • EFF Asks Judges to Quash Subpoenas in Movie-Downloading Lawsuits, EFF 6/4/2010
  • ACLU, EFF seek to "sever" gigantic P2P lawsuits, Ars Technica 6/4/2010
  • The Hurt Locker Producers Sue 5,000 P2P Users - As U.S. Copyright Group fires up copyright 'protection racket...', dslreports 6/1/2010
  • 50,000 New Lawsuits Against Movie Downloaders, EFF 4/1/2010
  • Tenenbaum: $675,000 is absurd when I caused $21 in losses, Ars Technica 2/22/2010
  • Jammie Thomas Refuses New RIAA Settlement - Case likely heads back to court to determine what a song's worth...., dslreports 1/28/2010
  • Attacks On File Sharing Simply Drive People Further Underground, Techdirt 11/4/2009
  • File-sharers are big spenders too, BBC 11/4/2009
  • Paramount COO Shows FCC How To File Share, Blames Tech Companies, Has FCC Hide Its Presentation, Techdirt 9/24/2009
  • Correcting A Few 'Facts' From The RIAA... For Which We Feel We Deserve Payment, Techdirt 8/7/2009
  • Six Months And Still No ISPs Officially Signed Up On The RIAA's Program, Techdirt 6/5/2009
  • Oh Look, The RIAA's Still Filing Lawsuits - Nearly half a year after telling Congress they'd stopped..., dslreports 5/7/2009
  • AT&T Not Sold On Booting P2P Users...Yet - Comcast, AT&T insist they're not, dslreports 3/27/2009
  • Obama administration sides with RIAA in P2P suit, CNET 3/24/2009
  • New Internet Study Finds Web and Streaming Higher Than P2P Traffic, CircleID 2/24/2009
  • what percentage of traffic on the Internet is peer-to-peer file sharing?, Best Available Sources 2/10/2009
  • How Harvard Law threw down the gauntlet to the RIAA, Ars Technica 2/5/2009
  • EU Proposal Would Outright Ban BitTorrent Sites, Make ISPs Copyright Cops & Use 3 Strikes, Techdirt 2/3/2009
  • AT&T And Comcast Willing To Cut Off File Sharers, techdirt 1/29/2009
  • AT&T, Comcast may help RIAA foil piracy, CNET 1/29/2009
  • RIAA Found To Have Sued Yet Another Woman Without A Computer, Techdirt 1/29/2009
  • AT&T, Comcast in Possible Agreement With Music Industry for New Antipiracy Campaign, CircleID 1/29/2009
  • RIAA Wins, Campuses Lose as Tennessee Governor Signs Campus Network Filtering Law, EFF 11/18/2008
  • Tennessee Adopts $9.5M University Piracy Measure Despite School Layoffs, Wired 11/18/2008
  • Five Years Into Suing Fans, RIAA's 'Sue Everyone' Strategy Has Failed, Miserably, Techdirt 10/8/2008
  • Five years of failure: EFF says RIAA must embrace new model, Ars Technica 10/2/2008
  • Judge grants new trial in music downloading case, Globe and Mail 9/25/2008
  • Judge Declares Mistrial In RIAA's Only Court Victory, Techdirt 9/25/2008
  • RIAA Loses Again -- Total Tally: 0 Legal Wins Against Peer-to-Peer File Sharers., Sascha 9/25/2008
  • PK, EFF, Sue for ACTA Documents, PK 9/22/2008
  • RIAA Takes Aim At Attorney Who's Beaten Them - Demands that troublemaking blogger/attorney be punished., dslreports 9/19/2008
  • U.S. Trade Office Withholds Documents on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty, EFF 9/19/2008
  • Subpoena to university in P2P case must give time to notify parents, Internet Cases 9/11/2008
  • RIAA v. U: the state of P2P file sharing on campus, Ars Technica 8/28/2008
  • Woman Who Claimed RIAA Infringement Damages Were Unconstitutional Settles For $756/Song, Techdirt 8/19/2008
  • Judge grants new trial in music downloading case, Globe and Mail 9/25/2008
  • RIAA Loses Again -- Total Tally: 0 Legal Wins Against Peer-to-Peer File Sharers., Sascha 9/25/2008
  • Judge Declares Mistrial In RIAA's Only Court Victory, Techdirt 9/25/2008
  • PK, EFF, Sue for ACTA Documents, PK 9/22/2008
  • RIAA Takes Aim At Attorney Who's Beaten Them - Demands that troublemaking blogger/attorney be punished., dslreports 9/19/2008
  • U.S. Trade Office Withholds Documents on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty, EFF 9/19/2008
  • Subpoena to university in P2P case must give time to notify parents, Internet Cases 9/11/2008
  • RIAA v. U: the state of P2P file sharing on campus, Ars Technica 8/28/2008
  • Woman Who Claimed RIAA Infringement Damages Were Unconstitutional Settles For $756/Song, Techdirt 8/19/2008
  • If You Block Your P2P App From Sharing Files, Are You Still Guilty Of Making Files Available?, Techdirt 7/15/2008
  • German Court Says That Open WiFi Owners Not Responsible For File Sharing Done By Others, Techdirt 7/10/2008
  • RIAA doubles settlement cost for students fighting subpoenas, Ars Technica 6/13/2008
  • Score Two for Defendants in the P2P Wars, EFF 5/15/2008
  • Senator Proposes to Monitor All P2P Traffic for Illegal Files, Slashdot 4/18/2008
  • RIAA Sues Homeless Man, Slashdot 4/18/2008
  • IFPI Continues To Pressure ISPs; ISPs Start Pushing Back, Techdirt 4/3/2008
  • Net Congestion: Working Together to Solve Problems, Verizon 3/17/2008
  • Comcast Sued For Traffic Shaping (Again) - Class action lawsuit springs up in DC, dslreports 2/21/2008
  • Comcast's Technical Expert: Mary Bono?, Techdirt 2/21/2008
  • Japanese ISPs To Cut Net Access For File Sharers, Slashdot 3/17/2008
  • IFPI's New Strategy: Sue ISPs For Not Stopping File Sharing, Techdirt 3/13/2008
  • Music Industry Proposes ISP Piracy Tax - Willing to pay $5 more a month to use P2P?, dslreports 3/13/2008
  • House IP Leader Endorses P2P Blocking, Slashdot 3/10/2008
  • Congresswoman: Let ISPs probe for pirates, CNET 2/1/2008
  • U2 manager blames ISPs, CNET 2/1/2008
  • U2's turn for Internet thrashing, CNET 2/1/2008
  • Public Knowledge Says Data 'Error' Calls Hollywood Agenda Into Question, PK 1/24/2008
  • EFF Joins Arizona Man's Fight Against RIAA - Unclear thus far whether RIAA has a case, dslreports 1/17/2008
  • Dems' anti-P2P bill gets warm welcome from Ruckus.com, CNET 11/13/2007
  • Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirates, CNET 11/9/2007
  • Elton calls for internet blackout, Ireland Online 8/8/2007
  • University of Kansas Adopts 'One Strike' Copyright Infringement Policy, Slashdot 7/24/2007
  • Will The RIAA Sue USB Drive Makers Next?, Techdirt 6/1/2007
  • RIAA's Rude Awakening for College Pirates, Ecommerce Times 5/15/2007
  • RIAA Attacks Open Wi-Fi Hotspots - Wants ISP account holder liable for all activity via Wi-Fi, Broadband Reports 2/23/2007
  • LA Times: "We Aren't All Pirates", EFF 7/10/2006
  • ISPs urged to lock out file-sharers, Reuters 7/10/2006
  • Have iPod, Will Travel, BWO 8/8/2006
  • Apple and 3 Automakers Plan Alliances on iPod Use, NYT 8/8/2006
  • Campus P2P & Bandwidth Still Hot Issue - Throttling, blocking, and/or legit alternatives, Broadband Reports 4/14/2006
  • iTunes 'outsells' US music stores, BBC 11/22/2005
  • NBC's File-Sharing Pact Boosts P2P's Legitimacy, IP Democracy 11/18/2005
  • Legal P2P opens for business, CNET 10/24/2005
  • Confusion, tech issues delay legit file-sharing sites, USA Today 9/19/2005
  • Sprint launches streaming music service, MSNBC 9/19/2005
  • The Customer Is Always Wrong: A User's Guide to DRM in Online Music, EFF 9/2/2005
  • Justice Department Announces Eight Charged in Internet Piracy Crackdown: First Indictments Arising from Charlotte FBI Undercover Investigation for Operation FastLink and Site Down, DOJ 8/2/2005
  • Congress threatens P2P networks on porn, Free Press 7/29/2005
  • Senators Grill P2P Providers, PK 7/29/2005
  • New file-sharing techniques are likely to test court decision, Free Press 8/2/2005
  • BellSouth teams up with Napster, Bizjournal 8/16/2005
  • Next, MPAA Will Pass Stamp Act, Establish Discriminatory Levy on Tea, EFF 8/30/2005
  • Boom in legal music downloads, Guardian 7/22/2005
  • Darknet and the fight for digital rights, MSNBC 7/19/2005
  • File-Sharing For Fee, Wash Post 6/29/2005
  • New OECD Report on Digital Music, Berkman 6/14/2005
  • Fighting Infringement on Campus Peer-to-Peer Networks, EFF 6/10/2005
  • Federal agents shut down network that leaked 'Star Wars', CW 5/27/2005
  • U.S. Jacks Torrent Site, Wired 5/27/2005
  • Latest 'Star Wars' Movie Leaked Onto Web, Internet Week 5/21/2005
  • John Sutherland: Illicit downloading is now tantamount to domestic terrorism, Guardian 5/3/2005
  • Report from the Front, Susan Crawford 5/3/2005
  • BBC investigates Doctor Who leak, BBC 3/9/2005
  • Anti-P2P lawmaker gets top Senate spot, CNET 3/18/2005
  • Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P, Pew 3/25/2005
  • Music and Video Downloading, Pew 3/25/2005
  • Movie body hits peer-to-peer nets, BBC 2/11/2005
  • Study: Fee-based music gains on swapping, CNET 2/11/2005
  • Music industry sues 83-year-old dead woman, Boston.com 2/8/2005
  • File-Swap Site Folds for Good, Wired 12/21/2004
  • Hollywood campaign hits websites, BBC 12/21/2004
  • Popular File-Sharing Site Shuts Down, Wash Post 12/21/2004
  • P2P Battle Reaches FTC, Wired 12/21/2004
  • File-swappers ready new network, BBC 1/7/2005
  • Artists, Musicians and the Internet, Pew 12/7/2004
  • Musicians 'unconcerned' about file sharing, Register 12/7/2004
  • Court Urged to Hear File-Sharing Case, Wash Post 11/9/2004
  • Spanish MP3 Web Site To Pay $10.5M Settlement, Newsfactor 10/26/2004
  • Iceland's net traffic plummets, following P2P raids, Register 9/30/2004
  • ACLU takes aim at record labels, CNET 9/29/03
  • Amnesty Offered for Repentant Downloaders, NYTimes 9/5/03
  • Cyber-terrorist nabbed, the world's a safer place, Fremont News Messenger 9/11/03
  • RIAA Amnesty: Deceptive Practice?, Internet News 9/11/03
  • On the Web, terms of infringement, CNET 8/20/03
  • 'F' Is for File Sharing, Wash Post 9/10/2004
  • Legal win for file-sharers, BBC 8/25/2004
  • 14% of Internet users say they no longer download music files: Data memo from PIP and comScore Media Matrix, Pew Internet 4/27/2004
  • Downloaders backing off, study says, Globe and mail 5/11/2004
  • File-swapping gets supercharged on student network, CNET 4/30/2004
  • David Bowie asks fans to bootleg his songs online, BBC 4/27/2004
  • Music downloads on the rise again, Mercury 4/27/2004
  • High court turns deaf ear to Aimster, CNET 1/13/2004
  • Crypto plan to anonymise P2P, thwart RIAA, Register 1/20/2004
  • ISPs Ignore RIAA's New P2P Ploy, Internet News 1/20/2004
  • Testimony: Peer-to-Peer Networks, LOC 10/30/2003
  • Students develop file-swap alternative, CNN 10/27/2003
  • Apple music for the masses, Mercury 10/17/2003
  • Students buck DMCA threat, CNET 11/5/2003
  • Digital Copyright Challenges Get Chilly Response, Newsfactor 10/31/2003
  • New Ways to Skirt DMCA … Legally!, Wired 10/31/2003
  • Should ISP subscribers pay for P2P?, CNET 12/5/2003
  • Penn State students blast Napster deal, CNET 11/7/2003
  • Canada OKs P2P download, CNET 12/12/2003
  • Fight over Free Music on Web Coming to Congress, USA TODAY ONLINE (Sept. 8, 2003).
  • Ted Bridis, Senator Takes Aim at Illegal Downloads, AP ONLINE, June 18, 2003,
  • Katie Dean, Marking File Traders as Felons, WIRED NEWS (Mar. 19, 2003).
  • Leonie Lamont, Firms Ask to Scan University Files, SYDNEY MORNING HER-ALD, Feb. 19, 2003,
  • Star Wars clones appear on Net, CNET 5/13/02
  • Report: File-Sharing Boosts Music Sales, Reuters 5/6/02
  • Online Music Debate Is Like Old Vinyl, MSNBC 1/11/02
  • Napster reboots with trial service, Guardian 1/11/02
  • Napster Controversy Comes to Capitol Hill July 12, 2000 com/2000/LAW/07/11/napster
  • The Testimony Of Napster CEO Hank Barry July 12, 2000 zdnet
  • Senate Hearing On Napster War Draws Fans July 12, 2000 techweb
  • Metallica Plays Capitol Hill July 12, 2000 salon
  • Senate panel hears music debate July 12, 2000 nwfusion
  • Napster Foes Unite July 12, 2000 nypost
  • Kristen Philipkoski, University Snoops for MP3s, WIRED NEWS (Nov. 13, 1999)
  • P2P Blocking:
  • Katie Dean, "Florida Dorms Lock Out P2P Users," Wired News, Oct. 3, 2003
  • Denmark Tells ISP It Must Block Allofmp3.com, Techdirt 10/26/2006
  • Outlawed at Ohio U: P2P file sharing, CNET 4/27/2007
  • MIT shuts alternative file-swapping, CNN 11/5/2003
  • Litigations

  • Thomas Lawyer Argues $222K Penalty Is Unconstitutional, Ecommerce Times 10/18/2007
  • Another Day, Another Smackdown By A Judge Against The RIAA, Techdirt 9/25/2007
  • Judge Says That Making Available Is Infringement... RIAA Pounces Immediately, Techdirt 8/29/2007
  • Top EU Court Bruises Music Industry in P2P Case, Ecommerce Times 7/24/2007
  • RIAA ordered to cover suit target's legal fees, CNET 7/18/2007
  • RIAA Says It Shouldn't Have To Pay Legal Fees Because Woman Didn't Settle; Judge Says Think Again, Techdirt 7/18/2007
  • RIAA Pre-Litigation Letters Sent to MIT, MIT Tech 5/8/2007
  • RIAA University Campaign Sputters: Group Asked To Pay Up For Wasting School's Time, Techdirt 3/21/2007
  • Record companies sue defendant's kids, AP 11/2/2006
  • Justice Department Announces Guilty Plea in Peer-to-Peer Piracy Crackdown, DOJ 9/18/2006
  • RIAA Sues Computerless Family - Also fails in attempt to sue 13 year old girl, Broadband Reports 4/24/2006
  • Another Mom Fights the RIAA - Lawyer is trying the RICO approach, Broadband Reports 3/21/2006
  • Peer-to-peer Litigation Summit planned for Chicago on November 3, 2005, Internet Cases 10/14/2005
  • Record industry sues hundreds for file-sharing, Reuters 9/30/2005
  • RIAA takes new shots at Internet2 swappers, CNET 5/27/2005
  • New wave of lawsuits to hit 'illegal song-swappers', Register 4/11/2005
  • Hollywood launches legal assault on illegal movie downloaders, Yahoo 11/5/2004
  • US sues student 'song swappers', BBC 10/29/2004
  • RIAA files 80 new file-swapping suits, CNET 10/31/2003
  • RIAA Withdraws $300M Lawsuit, Register 9/24/03
  • RIAA turns down some heat on file sharers, CNET 9/5/03
  • P2P group: We'll pay girl's RIAA bill, CNET 9/11/03
  • RIAA Settles With 12-year-old's Mother, IDG 9/11/03
  • RIAA Sues 477 More Music Swappers, Article Central 4/30/2004
  • 532 more file-sharers sued, CNN 3/26/2004
  • RIAA sues anonymous file-sharers, Mercury 1/23/2004
  • RIAA sued under gang laws, CNET 2/20/2004
  • RIAA steps up file-trading suits, CNET 2/18/2004
  • 531 more music file sharers sued, CNN 2/18/2004
  • RIAA wins round in file-swapping suit, CNET 12/2/2003
  • 41 more sued over music downloads, CNN 12/5/2003
  • DOJ To Prosecute File Swappers, ZDNet 8/21/02
  • Industry

  • Bittorrent
  • See Bittorrent / Comcast FCC Petition.
  • Warner Bros. to sell movies via BitTorrent, Reuters 5/9/2006
  • BitTorrent gets $8.75M from venture-capital firm, USA Today 9/20/2005
  • File-sharers move from BitTorrent, BBC 8/30/2005
  • Fast Forward: BitTorrent, Wash Post 3/15/2005
  • Cerf: Hollywood interested in BitTorrent, CNET 4/15/2005
  • Kazaa
  • Record and Movie Industries Reach a Settlement With Kazaa, NYT 7/28/2006
  • Kazaa 'breached copyright', Guardian 9/7/2005
  • Kazaa to Continue Court Fight Down Under, Internet news 9/7/2005
  • Google pulls links to Kazaa imitator, CNET 9/2/03
  • Kazaa battles lawsuit, USA Today 2/10/2004
  • Dutch court orders KaZaA to shut down, CNEWS 2/1/02
  • Kazaa Ordered Closed, But It Stays Open, Newsbytes 2/1/02
  • Kazaa Suspends Downloads - Court Verdict Due, Newsbytes 1/18/02
  • Grokster
  • Deal ends Grokster's file-sharing, IHT 11/8/2005
  • Remedying Grokster, EFF 7/26/2005
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