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Net Congestion

NET CONGESTION

FTP is also used in most of the world's major web sites and it can cause system usage congestion. The once-unregulated Napster music service, which facilitated free downloads of copyrighted music, provides an example of this. The massive downloads of music files were performed typically via FTP. This created a problem for many organizations. FTP is meant to alleviate bandwidth usage limitations, but left unto itself it will consume whatever bandwidth is available. When employees of corporations spent hours downloading music from Napster, they were taxing corporate networks that were already carrying heavy data traffic. FTP continues to be used because it is simple and easily deployed. It will continue to pose a bandwidth concern when its use is widespread.

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MP3 and Napster

MP3 AND NAPSTER

The popularity of MP3 as a format gave rise to audio file- sharing services on the Internet such as Napster and mp3.com. Some of these services ran afoul of the music and entertainment industries in the late 1990s and early 2000s because they allegedly facilitated unauthorized sharing of copyrighted music. Settlements of the copyright claims were expensive and caused major changes in the file-sharing services, but listeners continued to seek sources of music files while the music industry developed secure ways of selling music to audio consumers.

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