File sharing networks have taken major hits over the past few years, courtesy of the RIAA, MPAA, et al. But they’ve mutated, survived, and are still sharing just about anything that can be digitized. Wallace Wang’s Steal This File-Sharing Book is a no-holds-barred look at file sharing today, and a practical guide to sharing files as safely as possible.
Here are today’s latest Napster descendants, from Gnutella2 to Edonkey2000 and Overnet; as well as alternatives like IM, IRC, FTP, newsgroups, and chat rooms. Here, too, are techniques for sharing anonymously (well, almost anonymously). Here’s what you need to know about spyware, warez networks, and of course, music industry lawsuits. Here, in short, is the entire scene as it stands now: good, bad, legal, and otherwise. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.