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Characteristics of a P2P Network - About

History of P2P Networks: Napster Lawsuit

• July 2001: Napster’s servers are shut down

• September 2001: Lawsuit partially settled ($26

million settlement)

• Spring 2002: Napster 3.0 alpha is ready to

deploy. Despite the use of fingerprinting

technology, there are license problems.

• May 2002: Bertelsmann AG attempts to buy

Napster for $8 million.

• September 2002: Deal blocked because

Napster had filed for bancrupcy.

© C. Endres / W. Wahlster 2005

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