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Steal This Computer Book 4.0, 4th Edition by Wallace Wang

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Chapter 12. The Filesharing Networks

Economist

Criminal: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.

HOWARD SCOTT

It all began in 1999, when an 18-year-old college dropout named Shawn Fanning got fed up with trying to find and download music files off the Internet. So he wrote a program that could search for and share music files and exchange instant messages with other people on the Internet. When Fanning released his creation, called Napster, little did he know that he would wind up changing the world.

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For more information about filesharing, pick up a copy of Steal This File Sharing Book, published by No Starch Press.

A Short History of Internet FileSharing

Fanning didn’t invent Internet filesharing ...

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