Legal P2P growing 10 times faster than illegal P2P?

By Justin Mann on October 23, 2008, 6:23 PM
The music industry, movie industry, game industry and just about any other that can have content distributed online wants nothing more than for the world to believe peer to peer file sharing is a devil that leads to rampant piracy. ISPs rail against it, companies block it, and lawsuits are filed against companies and individuals who dare host or use file sharing software.

And yet, despite all the efforts against it, recent studies not only project a massive 400% increase in P2P traffic over the next five years, but indicate that legal use of P2P is growing at a rate 10 times faster than illegal use. While this information won't entirely placate the ISPs that seek to block its use (like Comcast has in the past), it surely is a huge blow to those who point the finger at P2P as the biggest pirating tool in the world.

Obviously that sort of growth can't continue. At the very least, perhaps, it can help change the perception that P2P is a tool of piracy, and instead endorse it for the numerous benefits it can bring. That could lead to more and more ISPs recognizing they must adapt to P2P traffic, rather than opposing it or trying to squelch it. The next five years will prove to be very interesting for P2P technology as more legal content becomes available.

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Rick said:
Maybe this is oversimplification, but the reason 'legal' P2P is growing 10x faster than 'illegal' P2P is that the latter has already saturated the planet - just about everyone who's going to wear an eye patch is already doing so. The former would be brought on by companies opening their eyes to the possibilities of profiting from P2P... [url][/url]So that's not really surprising. What would surprise me is if 'illegal' P2P had been cut in half or something along those lines. People loooove free stuff. :)
phantasm66 said:
I keep saying this... if you sell music and movies online for a fair, cheap price and there's none of this DRM pish and you are free to play the stuff on anything you like, make as many copies as you want, etc and maybe share a time limited version with friends,etc... piracy will (not exactly stop) but will be seriously curtailed.
jerrag said:
Strange, I had heard that P2P was in fact dieing down in favor of warez rapidshare and megashare links to files, where you can get the files much faster and usually complete without all the dangers of virus and addware infections that plagued the P2P.At least that's what my sources tell me, god knows I would never pirate software, music or
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