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Digital File Sharing Often times new technology enables completely new activities, discoveries, and ways of living, once not feasible without that particular technology. An example of this could be the microscope and telescope, which now permit us to find things impossible before. Other times, new technology enables us to do things which we did before, but in a different manner.1 A good example of this is electronic file sharing across the Internet. Unauthorized file sharing has been possible before the web, but on a much smaller scale. One person might have physically borrowed a audio cd from another person and made a copy. With the world wide web, it became possible for a single individual to talk about (more like distribute without consent) with the whole world with ease. This has allowed for the much more significant financial damage to the parties being taken advantage of, in this case, the audio industry. In my view, this is wrong. Unauthorized file sharing is bad for all parties, whether they know it or not, and shouldn't be allowed. There are a few technologies that have really helped facilitate electronic file sharing. The first one is the MP3 file format. MP3 is a file format (like JPEG, DOC) which is used to store audible data (songs). It's a file compression format that reduces the size of files by 10-12 times. This compression is quite valuable in that it allows quicker transfer of songs over the Internet.2 The second one is peer-to-peer architecture. The main characteristic of a pure peer to peer architecture is that peers interact directly with other peers without any centralized servers. This differs from most web applications (such as amazon.com), which are client-server architectures. In c.. .