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Beaker | Peer-to-peer Web browser. No blockchain required.
A sort of distributed file system designed to be something like a P2P version of the World Wide Web.
p2p  web  via:HackerNews  internet 
march 2018 by mcherm
How IPFS solves the Internet’s speed-of-light problem – Plain Text
It's one of those systems for identifying content by hash and doing P2P to share. Also has some kind of naming and fragments, maybe versions. Wants micropayments soon.
ipfs  via:reddit  p2p 
august 2016 by mcherm
What if Netflix switched to P2P for video streaming? - Yahoo Finance
It's a great threat for negotiating peering contracts, but has little chance in reality.
p2p  netneutrality  netflix  via:reddit 
march 2014 by mcherm
From the principal architect -- Skype / NSA - Dave Farber - com.listbox.v2.ip - MarkMail
Why Skype was changed from p2p to server-based. (NSA bribes for wiretaps might have helped too.)
skype  via:HackerNews  p2p  architecture 
june 2013 by mcherm
Trading popular files on BitTorrent? You’ll be spotted within 3 hours | Ars Technica
Using a clever technique, they were able to see that some monitoring firms join all popular swarms and record IP addresses.
security  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  p2p  bittorrent  surveillance 
september 2012 by mcherm
Hollywood formally brings ISPs into the anti-piracy fight | Media Maverick - CNET News
The deal to use ISPs to shut down p2p sharing has gotten a few good people on a powerless advisory board. While strictly good, this may or may not be a good thing.
censorship  law  mpaa  riaa  p2p 
april 2012 by mcherm
Spotify P2P Music Player
A presentation on how Spotify uses P2P technology to build their (legal) music player.
p2p  architecture  programming  spotify 
march 2012 by mcherm
Universal Music May Have Inadvertently Exposed a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process - Hollywood Reporter
A contract between UMG and Google may allow them to ban from YouTube content that they claim to own. But what IS this contract? (It's not public.) And what about the repeated cases of them claiming copyright on material that they do not, in fact, own?
p2p  censorship  copyright  copyrightabuse  law  ip-law 
january 2012 by mcherm
Hotfile Sues Warner Bros. For Copyright Fraud and Abuse | TorrentFreak
After receiving massive numbers of incorrect takedowns, Hotfile is suing Warner Brothers for running a script and not applying any judgement in takedown notices.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  p2p 
september 2011 by mcherm
µChat: We Just Need Each Other « BitTorrent Blog
it's possible to run a chat program over P2P without a central server.
programming  p2p  via:slashdot 
july 2011 by mcherm
U.S. P2P Lawsuit Shows Signs of a ‘Pirate Honeypot’ | TorrentFreak
They sued someone for downloading gay porn *that was mislabeled as a song*. Perhaps they uploaded it themselves? Certainly it offers a lucrative new business opportunity (for those who make a living as extortionists).
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  p2p  via:boingboing 
june 2011 by mcherm
Bitcoin is not decentralized : Inside T5
An interesting argument: Bitcoin is decentralized, but it relies on cryptography so it will eventually become obsolete and have to move to newer crypto algorithms. The *process* of replacing it with a new algorithm doesn't exist and is hard.
cryptography  bitcoin  p2p  via:HackerNews 
june 2011 by mcherm
Bitcoin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A monetary system based on a distributed peer-to-peer cryptographic system. Apparently has decent solutions to the *technical* problems.
banking  p2p  money 
march 2011 by mcherm
Vanish: Increasing Data Privacy with Self-Destructing Data (pdf)
How do you build something that will reliably destroy your data after a time limit, even if the FBI grabs your hard drive? Encrypt with a random key, then Shamir secret share the key to a P2P network but without guaranteeing long-term storage.
computerscience  cryptography  privacy  encryption  p2p  via:reddit  blogworthy 
january 2011 by mcherm
How an Anti-Piracy Firm Became Banned In Its Own Country | TorrentFreak
Swiss top court rules that you can't collect IP addresses from a P2P app in order to sue its users.
p2p  law  privacy  copyright  ip-law  via:reddit 
september 2010 by mcherm
Pirate Party to Run Pirate Bay from Swedish Parliament | TorrentFreak
Fascinating. Apparently Swedish law provides some immunity for things a political party does as part of its platform. So the Swedish party will run The Pirate Bay from inside parliament.
law  ip-law  p2p  via:reddit 
july 2010 by mcherm
The RIAA? Amateurs. Here's how you sue 14,000+ P2P users
A legal extortion scheme to collect millions of dollars by threatening to sue thousands of people for sharing movies.
law  p2p  filesharing  ArsTechnica  via:HackerNews  copyright  ip-law 
june 2010 by mcherm
Tahoe-LAFS: a P2P filesystem that lets you use the cloud without trusting it Boing Boing
A cryptographic distributed filesystem: a group of people contribute disk space and can store files; the creator of a file controls who can access it; the person hosting it cannot affect it.
p2p  cloudcomputing  security  cryptography  via:boingboing 
february 2010 by mcherm
Gapers Block : Mechanics : Chicago Politics - Seven Crimes to Consider Before Music Piracy
Another article pointing out that the punishment for file sharing is much greater than for lots of other crimes, like murder.
law  p2p  personal_net  via:HackerNews 
september 2009 by mcherm
Thomas verdict: willful infringement, $1.92 million penalty - Ars Technica
For failing to pay $0.99 per song, she is fined $80,000 -- that's 1.9 million dollars for 24 downloaded songs. That is well within what the law allows -- about halfway up the scale -- perhaps it will spark changes in the law?
riaa  p2p  law  copyright  via:slashdot  ArsTechnica 
june 2009 by mcherm
NowTorrents Domain Hijacked by Hacker | TorrentFreak
Hijacking of domains by filing fake requests for transfer. Can happen to anyone unless you are REALLY careful.
security  p2p  via:reddit  dns 
june 2009 by mcherm
Sharing Files With BitTorrent: Coding Horror
Some instructions on setting up a BitTorrent server... but the best part was the comment that explained you can do this trivially from Amazon's S3.
s3  bittorrent  JeffAtwood  p2p  amazon  via:CodingHorror 
june 2009 by mcherm
New Danger Mouse CD Released As A Blank CD-R Due To Legal Fight With EMI | Techdirt
A musician well-known for remixing others' work releases a new album... as a blank disk! Purchasers are presumably expected to find the music themselves somehow and download it. Interesting legal trick.
npr  p2p  riaa  via:slashdot  copyright  ip-law  law 
may 2009 by mcherm
The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits | TorrentFreak
An essay explaining why the Free Software Foundation would want to weigh in on the question of RIAA lawsuits. Basically, they're claiming that the RIAA is trying to create a series of opinions which change copyright from a balance of rights vs social benefit maintained by the state into a natural property right, and that the FSF opposes that change. They also engage in lots of ad hominem attacks (which is unfortunate).
RichardStallman  opensource  law  p2p  ip-law  copyright  riaa  via:boingboing 
may 2009 by mcherm
Software improves p2p privacy by hiding in the crowd
Interesting attack: you can tell *generally* what someone downloads via bittorrent by noticing that they make connections to the same set of servers as someone else; there's an 85% chance that they download the same kind of stuff. (Bittorrent was designed to resist this, but it fails.) The authors built a tool that downloads a small amount of random stuff to defend against this.
via:BruceSchneier  security  p2p  anonyminity  bittorrent  privacy 
may 2009 by mcherm
What copyright holders don't get about consumers and BitTorrent
Another article pointing out that the copyright owners are shooting themselves in the foot ("peeing in their pants to keep warm" is their term) by suing the Pirate Bay.
via:HackerNews  p2p  copyright  ip-law  law 
april 2009 by mcherm
Researchers have hope of cheap, distributed zero-day worm defense - Network World
Here's an idea that sounds cool, but would be bad in practice. To prevent "0-day attacks", have a program running on people's computers that checks with other peers for anomalous activity, then automatically shuts it down without human intervention. Can YOU see how to use this tool as an attack vector? The same network passing data to a central (human) organizer who responds with (signed) instructions on countermeasures might be an excellent idea.
security  via:slashdot  virus  p2p 
january 2009 by mcherm
[freenet-dev] Bye folks
A developer is forced to stop contributing to freenet because of France's strict new anti-p2p laws.
law  opensource  p2p  copyright  ip-law  via:reddit 
december 2008 by mcherm
Torrentz Faces Hostile Domain Takeover | TorrentFreak
An example of an attack via trying to scam away a domain name.
via:reddit  security  p2p 
november 2008 by mcherm
Capitol v. Thomas: Judge Orders New Trial, Implores Congress to Lower Statutory Penalties for P2P | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Judge says "attempted infringement" (or just making copies available on p2p software) is NOT against the law. He also says the penalties are too big (but that's up to Congress).
law  ip-law  copyright  p2p  eff  riaa  via:boingboing 
september 2008 by mcherm
Company to help content owners "monetize" illegal content
Company makes a tool to scan YouTube (and such) for copyright violations, then notify the person who posted it to threaten a lawsuit in hopes of extracting some money. Sounds dangerous (but mostly legal) to me!!
ip-law  privacy  copyright  via:reddit  p2p 
september 2008 by mcherm
Cory Doctorow: Filesharing deal will drive swapping underground | Technology | guardian.co.uk
When there's a broad class of copyright usage which is "gonna happen anyway", a blanket license is the only workable solution (sheet music, radio play of songs, etc.). The music industry had their chance and blew it when they sued Napster. Now they're facing an adversary they'll never defeat: the infinite time of teenagers empowered by fancy cryptographic evasion technology.
via:boingboing  CoryDoctorow  p2p  riaa  DRM  napster 
august 2008 by mcherm
The Inexact Science Behind DMCA Takedown Notices - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog
The MPAA's approach to copyright enforcement is so lax that it doesn't check whether you're really downloading. It also can be spoofed to indict someone else - as proven when a laser printer received a DMCA takedown notice.
riaa  mpaa  bittorrent  p2p  via:boingboing  DMCA  copyright 
june 2008 by mcherm
Throttle 5 million P2P users with $800K DPI monster
Tools exist to do "deep packet inspection" of the full traffic of a good-sized ISP. Furthermore, they can recognize even encrypted P2P traffic by recognizing characteristic handshake patterns.
security  s  surveillance  p2p  netneutrality  via:ArsTechnica 
may 2008 by mcherm
Lend money to people - Prosper
Another site that matches lenders and borrowers for direct P2P lending. This one allows lenders to see a bio by the borrower and to bid small amounts ($50+) on the individual loans.
useful  banking  socialcomputing  finance  p2p 
april 2008 by mcherm
Book Piracy at The Furrygoat Experience
Author complains his book was pirated, and later posted to Google book without his permission. He's giving up on writing books -- he'll stick to blogging from now on.
copyright  ip-law  p2p  piracy  books  blogging 
april 2008 by mcherm
Storm, Nugache lead dangerous new botnet barrage
Lots of details about the current behavior of the Storm botnet and a little bit about a more sophisticated one that's apparently out there now.
security  p2p  botnet  via:BruceSchneier 
december 2007 by mcherm
Now RIAA wants Universities to get campus wide Napster subscription or “lose all federal financial aid”
RIAA gets provision put into bill saying universities must police music sharing and purchase music sharing for their students.
politics  p2p  riaa  via:digg 
november 2007 by mcherm
"Free is more complicated than you think"
Giving away your content for free --does it pay? This essay has thoughts from Scott Adams on the subject.
opensource  copyright  p2p  essay 
november 2007 by mcherm
Comcast Is Pretending to be You | Susan Crawford blog
Comcast is not just blocking bittorrent traffic, they're also altering it. Evil.
via:digg  blogentry  security  internet  p2p  bittorrent 
october 2007 by mcherm
Mindjack - Piracy is Good?
p2p promotion of TV shows improves their viewership. Author proposes new distribution with direct corporate sponsorship of programs.
personal_net  p2p  tv 
may 2005 by mcherm

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