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ZDNet: Gnutella ignites porn, pirate worries

Apr 13, 2000, 17:56 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Sullivan)

"It could undermine the influence of every search engine and every Web portal. It's the biggest thorn yet in the side of record companies worried about the spread of pirated music on the Net. And it's the easiest way yet to trade pornography, even illegal child porn, over the Internet. For a piece of software that lived for less than 24 hours on its home page, Gnutella has created quite a stir."

"It's the stuff of classic Internet lore. A team of programmers from inside America Online (NYSE: AOL) released Gnutella on a Web page March 14. The program is at its core a simple way of trading files, including pirated copyrighted material, without requiring participants to connect with any central computer. This means that, unlike its music-swap-meet cousin Napster, it's virtually impossible to stop."

"But the genie was out of the bottle. Nathan Moinvaziri was one of a few hundred Net users who had downloaded the program. He set up a Web site, posted the software, and soon it had been reverse engineered."

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