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Upside: VA Linux surges, Gnutella hardly invulnerable

Aug 27, 2000, 03:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"...Still, it never pays to underestimate the ingenuity of the U.S. legal community. This week two news announcements have raised doubts about the impregnability of the Gnutella fortress.

"The first announcement came out on Tuesday when USA Today published a story about a pending lawsuit against AOL (AOL), a company indirectly associated with the Gnutella program. Programmers for the AOL subsidiary Nullsoft, makers of the MP3 player Winamp, produced the original Gnutella program and released it to the Internet community as free software."

"Although the program was on the Nullsoft site for only a few hours and AOL has since distanced itself from the program, the AOL connection provides a convenient poison pill opportunity for MP3Board.com, a company already being sued by numerous record labels for its own distribution of MP3 music files."

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