First Post!

4:45 PM -- Welcome to the inaugural edition of Peer Pressure, where I hope to discuss, analyze, and sometimes just prattle on about what's happening in peer-to-peer, file sharing, content delivery, content distribution, and the like.

One might wonder why I'd be interested in writing about such a thing, or why I might consider myself qualified to do so.

As a grizzled vet of the RIAA-Napster holy wars during my college years (the day NYU pulled the plug on the Napster network was a sad one, indeed), and later a bit of a BitTorrent proponent, I've been in the muck and the slime with all the music and video pirates out there, and I come to you (mostly) reformed and repentant and ready to talk honestly and openly about all the good and the bad that can come from the technology.

P2P isn't about illegal downloaders sitting in their moms' basements surfing through catalogs of just-released movies and 0-day w4r3z anymore. At least, it's not only about them -- after all, there are still plenty of those folks around, and they're not exactly hard to find.

But now there's Joost , there's Babel Networks Ltd. , there's Skype Ltd. , and there are entire content delivery networks built on the idea of using P2P as a delivery mechanism for legitimate and, in some cases, premium content.

P2P is just a technology, after all, being leveraged as a highly scaleable and highly efficient way of passing large numbers of bits over a network fast. That companies decided they could make money off it as a delivery mechanism isn't exactly surprising, but the fact that it has taken this long for P2P to go legit kind of is.

So that's where I come in, to evangelize and to satirize and to harp on this technology that's being used by the forces of good and evil alike.

— Ryan Lawler, P2P Proselytizer, Light Reading

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