Topics: File Sharing

File Sharing

File sharing is the practice of distributing or providing access to digitally stored information, such as computer programs, multi-media (audio, video), documents, or electronic books. It may be implemented in a variety of storage, transmission, and distribution models. Common methods are manual sharing using removable media, centralized computer file server installations on computer networks, World Wide Web-based hyperlinked documents, and the use of distributed peer-to-peer (P2P) networking.

The increasing popularity of the mp3 music format in the late 1990s led to the release and growth of Napster and other software designed to aid in the sharing of electronic files. Other popular networks include Gnutella, eDonkey2000, the now-defunct Kazaa network, and BitTorrent.

Many file sharing programs and services have been shut down due to litigation by groups such as the RIAA and MPAA. During the early 2000s, the fight against copyright infringement expanded into lawsuits against individual users of file sharing software.

The economic impact on media industries is disputed; although publishers and copyright holders claim economic damage, some studies have suggested that file sharing is not the primary cause of declines in sales. File sharing remains widespread, with mixed public opinion about the morality of the practice for commercial material.

Source: Wikipedia

File Sharing