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September 28, 2000

O'Reilly Announces Peer-to-Peer Initiatives

SEBASTOPOL, CA--The current buzz around peer-to-peer (P2P) services like Napster is dangerously distorted, says Tim O'Reilly, CEO of technical information firm O'Reilly & Associates. According to O'Reilly, "The music industry is positioning peer-to-peer as if it were an attack on copyright, when in fact, it's a technical approach that is fundamental to the architecture of the internet, and a key component of many innovative new applications."

O'Reilly hosted a group of 20 leaders of the emerging P2P industry in an examination of the technology's promise and limitations at a day-long Peer-to-Peer Summit in San Francisco on September 19. Participants (listed below) agreed that peer-to-peer is much more than file sharing--it's a range of technologies that unlock the latent power of the network and make more effective use of Internet resouces. Summit participants are building this new network-powered paradigm through distributed computing (i.e. SETI@Home, Popular Power), Web services (Eazel, SOAP, and Microsoft .NET), content syndication (Meerkat), pervasive computing via internet enabled devices (Sun, Intel, Red Hat), and instant messaging (Jabber).

O'Reilly is following the Summit with the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference, February 14-16 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, and Peer-to-Peer: The Disruptive Potential of Collaborative Networking, a book of essays by peer-to-peer leaders on projects including Gnutella, InfraSearch, Jabber, Freenet, Popular Power, MojoNation, Publius, FreeHaven, Red Rover, and SETI@Home.

"Peer-to-Peer" editor Andy Oram reports on the Summit in Peer-to-Peer Makes the Internet Interesting Again on the O'Reilly Network. Summit participant and columnist Jon Udell offers his perspective in Peering: Remaking The P2P Meme: It's Not Just About Napster And Piracy..

Peer-to-Peer Summit Participants

Steve Burbeck
Senior Technical Staff Member

Rael Dornfest
Senior Developer
O'Reilly Network

Dale Dougherty
O'Reilly Network

Dan Gillmor
San Jose Mercury News

Andy Hertzfeld
Software Wizard, Co-Founder

Gene Kan

Bob Knighten
Peer-to-Peer Evangelist
Intel Corporation

Kevin Lenzo
Carnegie Mellon University

Jeremie Miller

Scott Miller
Developer/Security Analyst

Nelson Minar
Popular Power

Darren New
Senior Member Technical Staff
Invisible Worlds

Tim O'Reilly
O'Reilly & Associates

Andy Oram
O'Reilly & Associates

Ray Ozzie
Groove Networks

Clay Shirky

David Stutz
Software Architect

Michael Tiemann
Red Hat

Bernard Traversat
Senior Staff, Advanced Research & Development, Aspen Lab
Sun Microsystems

Jon Udell

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