Rock and roll rebels

David Welch david.welch at SPAMst-edmund-hall.oxford.ac.uk
Sat May 27 14:33:14 MDT 2000




On Sat, 27 May 2000, Macdonald Stainsby wrote:
>
> The other thing is Napster: The program (available at
> http://www.napster.com ) was developed and became opensource (meaning it can
> be freely re-copied if someone knows the code) by the backdoor, and now has
> become a tremendous boon for any, like myself, who cannot afford to but CD's
> regularly. It is a fully decentralised system, whereby all users who go on
> it have their music files visible and vice-versa, to be down/uploaded by
> other users.
>
This isn't quite true. The storage of files is decentralized but napster
uses a central server to locate users who are offering a particular file.
Its quite possible therefore for napster (the company who run the server)
to track who is downloading what. Alternative systems such as gnutella
(http://gnutella.wego.com/) work in a more decentralised manner.






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