Tuesday, September 06, 2005

P2P Alternatives for your "non-piracy" enjoyment

With Kazaa set to be in shambles, what's the over 320 million people to do when the network goes belly-up?

Recently, the RIAA sued another fine amount of 754 people, makign the suit count over 14,000 people, According to BetaNews. What that means is that the RIAA is shooting wildly, and it's hitting everyone.

NOTE: I assume that your file-sharing is 100% legal as I write this. ;)

Fortunately, there are ways to move away from the mania. Friend-to-Friend, or F2F systems, are becoming more and more popular with the attacks on the regular P2P networks. One such one is WASTE, a program created by Nullsoft, makers of Winamp. Unfortunately, however, When AOL took over the company, they forced Nullsoft to kill the project, leaving in its place A very interesting warning. However, you can still Google for the program, and a team on Sourceforge.net is working on a program similar to WASTE.
F2Fs are good because they essentially form P2P networks between trusted friends/groups. For WASTE, you use public/private keys similar to PGP. In other words, only people you give your public key to can enter your network. And since WASTE uses encryption, it's quite hard for anyone to break into your network, should they find it.

However, if you still feel the need to use a regular P2P program, but with encryption, I suggest using Filetopia. Filetopia is a P2P program that uses encryption to encrypt what you are downloading, as well as encrypt who you are. Another useful program is Earthstation 5, a P2P network based in Palestine that not only encrypts your IP and your files, but can also split off into an F2F network itself. Unfortunately, the main site for ES5 is long gone, but again, nothing a little googling won't fix.
The RIAA will never stop file-sharers. They will just find better ways to elude the RIAA. Using these programs is your best bet against being another statistic lawsuit for the RIAA. And they are also very cool to play with as well. It takes a little setting up, but it's well worth it in security.


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