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NZ p2p Service Disappears
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2003-12-02
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New Zealand has been in the background when it comes to anti-p2p file sharing attacks from the entertainment industry.

However, P2p.net.nz, New Zealand's largest p2p service, is now offline - maybe for good.

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"Discussion in various newsgroups centres on one of two theories," says New Zealand's Computerworld Online here.

"The first is that the traffic charges were getting so high that Orcon decided it couldn't maintain them any longer. The second theory is that legal pressure to close the service was brought to bear, possibly by the Recording Industry Association New Zealand."

RIANZ chief executive Terence O'Neill-Joyce didn't return Computerworld Online's calls, says the report, written by Paul Brislen.

P2p.net.nz ran a series of connected hubs and several users are still using the 'direct connect' DC++ software to share files, he says, adding, "One posting to the nz.comp newsgroup offering connection to a private hub received several replies from interested users.

"Because p2p.net.nz was run as a New Zealand only model, traffic to and from the site was predominantly local. Traffic on Telecom's JetStream Starter service and TelstraClear's Paradise cable network do not charge full rates for national traffic, so users weren't paying for the downloads. On top of that, connecting to other file sharers locally means the connection speeds are much faster than trying to connect to someone overseas. Orcon typically blocked international traffic to the local hubs."


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