Digital Downloads Are Big Business I’ve been using Usenet since before Napster was even thought of. All I ever really use it for is the alt.binaries groups and the program I’ve been using to get binary files tells me that I’m averaging about 3.75 GBs of downloads per day lately. Thanks to Usenet I’m knee deep in just about any kind of media I could want. Unlike modern P2P services, the identity of the downloaders is hidden from view. On P2P services a downloader is identifiable to all others by their network address. On usenet, the downloader connects directly to a server, and only the server knows the address of who is connecting to it. Usenet providers do keep usage logs, but this logging information is not casually available to outside parties like the RIAA, and is normally accessible only through a police search warrant looking for information on specific users.
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