By: Coty Cunningham (Zp Commentator, Independent Journalist)
P2P, the reign of copyrighted and pirated materials, the “dilemma” that haunts the RIAA and agencies alike has stayed strong since the legal battles of Napster.
People once said that file sharing would not last and that it was taking a turn for the worst, two statements that have been proven false. The battle between users and anti-piracy agencies has just begun, the increase in lawsuits and piracy acts has just fueled the continuous research and development for the next generation of p2p networks.
Distribution of copyrighted and pirated materials will continue to be shunned by anti-piracy agencies, and smiled upon by the users taking part in the distribution.
The RIAA and MPAA will continue to file lawsuits against users and users will continue to distribute illegal materials, networks will be monitored and some shutdown, what is the solution to this on going dilemma? What can be done by developers of these p2p networks to eliminate these agencies from monitoring and shutting down these networks?
Social Networking, the basic idea of sharing files with people you know could revolutionize file sharing just as the protocol known as Bit Torrent has previously achieved by finding a medium between upload and download rates, distributing file distribution.
Why social networking?
Based on the simple principle of “trust” Users are able to share files in a safe and secure manor with out the need of a centralized network or bloated software.
Rather, users are only required to download client software in which they can find friends and add them to their ‘friends’ list or join ‘private’ hubs known to media networks as “darknets”. By developing social networks rather than trying to develop the next and best network, developers would find that basing a network on the simple principles of freedom and trust, could redefine peer-2-peer.
Allowing for a user to set permissions on his or her files allows a user to feel as safe or unsafe as they so chose to be rather than developing a network where all users share with all other users in a completely open network where anyone even the RIAA or MPAA could monitor users and their files being shared. Why not allow users total control over their files? What would it hurt? Surely not efficiency, speed or network integrity