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Current Changes To File Sharing Protocols

With the recent successful prosecution of file sharing software companies such as Limewire, peer to peer software users have been searching for alternative software that would enable them to legally share song and video files on line with each other. Limewire alternatives did exist, but many users feared that they may be caught up in the prosecution faced by the companies. There was an immediate need for software that allowed the file sharing software to be available but also for protection of the company who distributed the software and the users who used it.

What was the Problem with Previous Software?

Previous software provided an excellent service to the user, but it did not place any restrictions on the types of files that could be transferred between users. File sharing programs enables the distribution of programs and files stored digitally online, to other computers in remote locations. A user in the USA for example could share the latest music CD by an artist with a user in Australia where the CD had not yet been released. This practice was judged by legal advice to have resulted in the loss retail dollars for the artist and record label that planned to release the CD in Australia at a later date.

Legal Action Taken Against the File Sharing Companies.

This Legal advice led to the prosecution of some companies in recent years. Some of the more popular companies found themselves the recipients of massive copyright infringement fines. The recent limewire shutdown was the consequence of such prosecution. The owners of the websites concerned were found to be personally responsible and liable for these infringement fines and the loss of revenue dollars for the music and video industry. Users who had downloaded these files were also implicated as possible recipients of legal action in the future.

Guidelines and Control Introduced into New Versions of File Sharing Programs.

File sharing program coders introduced controls into the new versions of their software. Free file sharing with no restrictions were no longer permitted. Size of files, types of files and validation of files transferred are among the controls were introduced in to the file sharing processes. The file sharing companies now have control over what is transferred through their software. They also provide levels of membership to their website which enables them to charge money for the download of those files that may be protected by copyright. These companies, such as BearShare, market themselves as being one hundred percent legal.

Other Improvements to the Software

Earlier versions of the software carried the risk of virus transfer sand malicious files download through adware advertising. But more recent versions of the software have removed the potential for this risk by validating the files that users attempt to transfer and share with other users, or by removing all advertising from their sites and charging people directly to use the site.

One website that has successfully implemented all these changes to their current limewire software versions is BearShare. These software is available at bearshare.com

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