|Received:||11/15/2004 3:47:24 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Notice Announcing Public Workshop and Requesting Public Comment and Participation|
|Docket ID:||Not yet available|
Comments:I don't use file sharing often but as an end-user with intermediate skills I consider such software to be highly useful in select circumstances. One can often use web based downloading abilities along with FTP and other protocols. For large files, such as media produced by amateurs and demonstration software distributed for free, an application such as Bit Torrent is superior. It allows any user having the file on their computer to simultaneously transfer the file to others requesting it. So, for example, the file I want to download may be aided by a dozen such file hosts to expedite the transfer. In other words, the application is faster. Peer transfer is also useful when more conventional sites are jammed by a large number of users wanting the same file. Other considerations for P2P software's potential may be found in SlashDot discussions. http://slashdot.org/search.pl?query=torrent Thank you for your time.