Characteristics of a P2P Network - About

Characteristics of a P2P Network - About

History of P2P Networks: Napster

• Launched in fall 1999 by Shawn Fanning

• Intended as a search engine for finding mp3

music files on the internet

• Hybrid system using dedicated index servers

• Attempted legal action against Napster in

1999 increased its popularity

• Big media coverage of leaked (pre-release)

Madonna-Song in 2000

• Only(!) promotional help for making

Radiohead album Top 1 in the U.S.

• Peak in February 2001 with 13.6 million users

© C. Endres / W. Wahlster 2005

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