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CNET RIAA: Gnutella not yet a threat

Apr 01, 2001, 23:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"According to Frank Creighton, the Recording Industry Association of America's chief anti-piracy officer, the community of file swappers that doesn't trade through a central server just isn't enough of a problem to warrant the efforts leveled at independent OpenNap and other Napster clones. Citing network frailties, privacy issues, and low adoption rates, he said his organization is watching the protean network but isn't yet bothering to crack down on members."

"We have a strategy, but we have yet to implement it," Creighton said, adding that the group could change tactics if the Gnutella service improves."

"The statement goes to the heart of how far the record industry and other copyright holders are willing to go to track down individual online file swappers--and how much anonymity music traders can retain online."

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