What is file sharing? File sharing is whereby files are made available to different users for Internet downloads and networks. Exchanging files through peer-to-peer file sharing networks, Napster was one of the original P2P technology file sharing (of MP3s) networks on the Internet.
In recent times, file sharing programs are readily available across many various networks. Depending on operating systems, commercial file sharing users may acquire multiple-source downloads; however, be on guard for spyware and adware as some file sharing downloads on commercial sites may contain these.
Currently, there are still ongoing debates between commercial music publishers with regard to file sharing across the Internet. According to David McGuire of the Washington Post, ‘…Internet music piracy has no negative effect on legitimate music sales, according to a study released today by two university researchers that contradicts the music industry’s assertion that the illegal downloading of music online is taking a big bite out of its bottom line.’(1) This would presumably mean that statistically, file sharing has no effect on overall sales of albums.
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