Can P2P Replace Direct Download for Content Distribution

Alex Sherman, Angelos Stavrou, Jason Nieh, Clifford S. Stein & Angelos D. Keromytis
While peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing is a powerful and cost-effective content distribution model, most paid-for digital-content providers (CPs) rely on direct download to deliver their content. CPs such as Apple iTunes that command a large base of paying users are hesitant to use a P2P model that could easily degrade their user base into yet another free file-sharing community. We present TP2, a system that makes P2P file sharing a viable delivery mechanism for paid digital...
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