BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : AUGUST 14, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

The Beat Goes On


Even if the record industry is successful in shutting Napster down, other companies allow people to swap music over the Web for free.

GNUTELLA
This open-source software lets users share all sorts of digital files, including music and video. Unlike Napster, there's no company in the middle of the transfers--files are swapped directly between individuals. That will make it much more difficult for record companies to stop Gnutella because they will have to go after each user individually.

FREENET
The most radical of the free-music advocates. The brainchild of Irish programmer Ian Clarke, FreeNet uses encryption to keep the identities of its users secret. Record companies will have a hard time figuring out who is using FreeNet to share music and other files over the Net.

IMESH
An Israeli company that lets users swap all sorts of info over the Net, including music and videos. It asks visitors to respect copyrights and informs them that complying with the law is their responsibility.



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