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Police Nail German OpenNap Server
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2003-05-21
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In Germany's first anti-p2p 'action', German police have apparently raided an OpenNap enthusiast's house in Fürth in the south, seizing six computers.

An unnamed individual, "allegedly operating a peer-to-peer (P2P) 'OpenNap Napster-clone' server and distributing music files to thousands of users," was reported to the police by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), the association brags.

The IFPI is headed up by smooth-talking, fast-walking Jay Berman who said more than 1,000,000 files were offered over a period of several weeks, adding:

"Their [p2p fans] actions are hurting everyone in the creative chain, and they are making it difficult for legitimate on-line services to compete."

Where Napster was a protocol for sharing files between users, OpenNap extends the Napster protocol so any media type can be shared, and servers linked together.

"Average people with a Static IP address, large bandwidth and processing power could start their own OpenNap community that operated exactly as Napster did," says Slyck here.

"Over 100 independent servers were in operation, and its resourcefulness almost out-Napped Napster.

"Several servers would be clustered together creating sub-networks within OpenNap. Some of the more memorable networks

were MusicCity and DJNap.

"However, the RIAA saw the success as a threat and during the spring of 2001, they promptly shut many OpenNap servers down by going through the ISP's of the operators. Since that time, OpenNap has regrouped, as a new breed of foreign based servers are making things bright again for this community."

SOURCE: p2pnet.net.


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