|Newsletter Feb 19, 2001
AGENTLAND NEWSLETTER Feb 19, 2001
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File-sharing agents: can we live without Napster?
Currently, we are seeing a rapid development of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file-sharing agents. Peer-to-Peer is a distributed system for storing and retrieving information, designed to allow the free circulation of files on the Internet, while guaranteeing the anonymity of those who share and download files. Napster was the first software based on this principal, and because of its success and notoriety, has attracted the fury of the major record labels.
On February 12th, the Court of Appeal in San Francisco declared that Napster "knowingly
encourages and assists its users to infringe the record companies' copyrights." The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which brings together Universal Music, Sony Music, BMG, Warner Music and EMI, said that it was satisfied with this judgement.
It this the end for Napster? The start-up isn't ready to throw in the towel, at least not yet, as we can see from the alliance it has signed with Bertelsmann (owner of the BMG label) to create a subscription-based music service.
The questions that Peer-to-Peer raises are far from being resolved, especially since many other file-sharing agents, following in the wake of Napster's success, have appeared. From now on, the latest hit from your favorite artist is always available, thanks to agents: whether it is located at the other end of the world, or just a few doors away, there is always somebody willing to make it available.
AgentLand invites you to discover these agents which search thousands of computers across the world for the information that you want.
Enter into these new communities!
THE ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
> MetaSearch engines
Why search only one engine, when you can search them all? A MetaSearch engine lets you search multiple engines with just one entry. It can save you the hassle of going to a variety of different sites in order to perform your search, and it might even suggest a search engine that you had not considered before (or one that you didn't even know about!). There are over 100 different MetaSearch sites capable of searching over 3,500 different search engines, so you have many options.
A G E N T U P D A T E S
>> Artificial Life <<
> Microsoft Agent Scripting Helper -MASH-
Bring your desktop to life with Microsoft Agent technologies and join this exciting revolution in desktop computing with animated, talking characters capable of listening and reacting to voice commands. Download the latest version of MASH and easily create presentations for Web Sites, Email Messages, Visual Basic and Office Applications, and Executable programs.
> Active World
The Active Worlds Universe is home to hundreds of thousands of users and millions of kilometers of virtual territory. AlphaWorld, part of the Active Worlds Universe, has become the home of virtual homesteaders. If you'd like to explore AlphaWorld on your own, and stake your claim for your rightful virtual real estate, download the new v3.1 (with hardware acceleration) of Active Worlds now. If you don't have a 3D accelerated video card you can get the version 2.2.
>> Webmastering Agents <<
> Alchemy Eye
Alchemy Eye is a system management tool that continuously monitors server availability. It automatically notifies your network administrator of server errors and malfunctions. These notifications can be sent to e-mail addresses, cellular phone numbers (SMS) alphanumeric pagers, and ICQ numbers.
>> File Sharing <<
Medved QuoteTracker , the agent that allows you to maintain and track stock portfolios
has released a new version.
> eMail Alert!
eMail Alert!, the email monitoring agent, scan your mailboxes on a regular basis
and notifies you when new messages are available. This new version includes brand new features like an integrated Address Book, multi-threaded account checking, customized appearance settings, an enhanced message viewer, new notification options and more.
>> Metasearch <<
> Highway 61
The new version of this metasearch engine is available. As well as using Highway 61
as a general metasearcher, you can also use it as a shopbot to look for the best price on books hardware, music, software, toys, video, and video Games. Highway 61 is also an auctions metasearch engine.
N E W A G E N T S
>> File sharing <<
Filetopia is a file sharing system with a search engine. It includes public key encryption, Instant messages, chat, e-mail, message boards and file collection organizer.
> File Rogue
File Rogue allows unrestricted file sharing across the Internet. File Rogue allows you to create a personal "Catalogue" of files that you wish to share with other members of the File Rogue Community.
Yo!nk is a file sharing agent which lets you download movies, music, pictures, software, documents, or whatever. Have easy uncensored access to the information you are looking for.
Ohaha allows you to easily exchange music, movies and other files with users around the world.
KaZaA is a media community, where the community members can share their media files with each other. It's a full featured peer-to-peer file sharing application. You can search, download, organise and play your media files (audio, video, images and documents) with it.
SongSpy is a new music sharing program whose "give and take" philosophy is just the seriously tricked out gateway to 24/7 downloads you've been looking for. SongSpy is what its developers call a "perpetual beta".
BearShare is a file sharing program from Free Peers, Inc. that lets you, your friends, and everyone in the world share files! Built on Gnutella technology, BearShare provides a simple, easy to use interface combined with a powerful connection and search engine that puts thousands of different files in easy reach!
Konspire is an open source distributed file-sharing system featuring fast, exhaustive searches and modest network bandwidth requirements. Konspire separates the file system into two distinct sets of tasks: 1. hosting and transferring files (the clients) and 2. indexing and searching files (the servers).
Swaptor is a new file sharing agent that connects the computers of users who wish to share files in the Swaptor online community. Once connected to the Swaptor community users can freely share and exchange all types of files.
MusicCity.com Network allows users to share content files with one another. Users decide what content to make available to others and what content to download. You can look for music, photos, reference files, reports, home made movies and videos.
>> Shopbots <<
Poopa allows you to quickly and easily compare prices at leading UK merchant sites, whether you're looking for music, books, games or movies or other products.
Intended for healthcare professionals. Create a shopping list of medical supplies and let MyIgor find you the best overall deal (including shipping & taxes) from over 100 medical suppliers and place your order for you. MyIgor keeps you up to date on the status of your order so your medical supplies arrive worry-free.
DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
DesktopPlant brings life to your desktop. It grows directly on your desktop and needs your care just like a real plant!. The growth depends on how well you care for your plant.
> The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference
The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference was held in San Francisco, CA, February 14-16, 2001. The program included over fifty sessions in three tracks, covering everything from file sharing systems to distributed computation, Web services, and p2p architectures for mobile and embedded systems. As well as technical content, there was a strong business track, covering business models, market opportunities, and application case studies for peer-to-peer technologies.
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