Peer-to-peer: Is deviant behavior the norm on P2P file-sharing networks?

Daniel Hughes*, James Walkerdine, Geoff Coulsoni, Stephen Gibson

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P2P file-sharing networks are moving away from the semicentralized approach because of the scalability concerns and legal issues. Gnutella, an open protocol that supports file discovery and transfer among its users, and similar decentralized file-sharing systems are generally considered more anonymous than earlier semicentralized systems. Sharing of illegal material on P2P file-sharing networks reflects deeper societal issues. Cultural attitudes and the laws of a peer's host country play a significant role in shaping online behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Distributed Systems Online
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Engineering(all)
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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