Steal This File-Sharing Book: What They Won't Tell You About File Sharing

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Steal This File Sharing Book tackles the thorny issue of file sharing networks such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Usenet. It explains how these networks work and how to use them. It exposes the dangers of using file sharing networks?including viruses, spyware, and lawsuits?and tells how to avoid them.

In addition to covering how people use file sharing networks to share everything from music and video files to books and pornography, it also reveals how people use them to share secrets...

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Overview

Steal This File Sharing Book tackles the thorny issue of file sharing networks such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Usenet. It explains how these networks work and how to use them. It exposes the dangers of using file sharing networks—including viruses, spyware, and lawsuits—and tells how to avoid them.

In addition to covering how people use file sharing networks to share everything from music and video files to books and pornography, it also reveals how people use them to share secrets and censored information banned by their governments. Includes coverage of the ongoing battle between the software, video, and music pirates and the industries that are trying to stop them.

"Steal This File Sharing Book" tackles the thorny issue of file sharing networks such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Usenet. It explains how these networks work and how to use them. The bestselling author also exposes the dangers of using file sharing networks--including viruses, spyware, and lawsuits--and tells how to avoid them.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593270506
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Best-selling computer book author Wallace Wang is a former contributor to Boardwatch Magazine, where he wrote a monthly column called "Notes From the Underground." He is also a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&smp;E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Wang is the author of the Steal This Computer Book and The Book of Nero 6 (No Starch Press).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Learning about file sharing
1 Finding the files 3
2 The peer-to-peer file sharing networks 17
3 Navigating newsgroups 41
4 Instant messaging and online chat rooms 61
5 Finding files on Web and FTP sites 73
Pt. 2 Stealing files
6 Protecting your identity 85
7 Protecting your computer 97
8 The file formats 113
9 Sharing music 135
10 Finding movies (or TV shows) 153
11 Sharing books 169
12 Pirating software (Warez) 183
13 Sharing video games 201
14 Sharing pornography 211
15 Miscellaneous thievery 221
Pt. 3 The future
16 The legal alternatives 231
17 How the corporations fight back 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    Fascinating

    Steal This File Sharing Book is written in the same spirit as Wang's previous book, Steal This Computer Book (including the cover which has the words 'File Sharing' taped over the word 'Computer'). It's divided into three main parts, Learning About File Sharing, Stealing Files, and The Future. In the book's first part, the reader learns where to find the files, whether it's on newsgroups, chat rooms, through friends, email, or file sharing programs. The book's second part deals with ways of protecting your identity and your computer while downloading files, the various file formats that files appear in, and the various types of files you can find (music, movies, video, books, software, etc.). The book's last part is much smaller, dealing with how the author sees the future of file sharing, and how the entertainment industry is fighting back. File sharing is something that is here to stay, and while one could debate the ethics and legality of this issue forever, I'm glad a book like that exists to explain how it all seems to work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    The other side

    It's a nice overview book. Goes into how musicians, writers and other artists can use file sharing to get attention outside the large media outlets, which is probably why the large media outlets ignore this subject. There's the downside, mostly spyware, and Wang goes into that. His interview was good on First Voice Books (www.firstvoicebooks.com/filesharing.html). I think file sharing will grow up as the years go by and morph into a tool for companies and associations to distribute their work. Is it just a dream? Yahoo, MSN and Google don't think so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    No samizdat

    Looking for controversy? No shortage of it in this book. One can readily imagine this book as contraband in some regimes. Wang describes the major file sharing networks of our time. Gnutella, FastTrack, BitTorrent and others. He gives you the gist of each and how to get started using them to download files. All the major networks are designed to be easy to use for the layperson. Indeed, we see that this is a necessary condition for their popularity. IRC usage is also explained. This is also an important electronic modality for downloading files. Ditto with Instant Messaging offerings from MSN, Yahoo and ICQ. Naturally, a large portion of the book discusses what types of files get downloaded. Most music. Some video. But still limited because of the sheer amount of data in a typical film. Wang covers the continuing controversies in a fairly neutral tone. Overall, he supports the usage of the networks. Though he decries the copyright infringement. One might wonder, though, if it is because for practical reasons, he cannot take any other stance, given that he is espousing his view in the permanent form of this book. And that he is doing so with a reputable publisher, No Starch. So this is no samizdat.

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