Author: Wallace Wang
Publisher: No Starch
File sharing is as old as the Internet. If you grew up trading taped copies of songs with your friends, it’s even older. We all know a few things about file sharing. Finding the tools share files is as easy as a trip to your favorite download site. Of course, there’s file sharing and then there’s file sharing. Steal This File Sharing Book (STFSB) offers an overview of the topic, providing some history, pointing out the legal grey areas, listing the major methods for sharing files before digging into the meat of the subject, which is where the majority of the books pages are focused. The legal risks of sharing files are becoming obvious with the regular media coverage of RIAA John Doe lawsuits, but STFSB offers a clear outline of the legal ramifications, how to play within the rules of the system, and where you might get caught with your fingers in the digital cookie jar. Spyware and virus infections both frequently originate from contact with file sharing software and the greater community of file sharing users. STFSB offers key methods for protecting your PC from malicious software, as well as offering smart steps to keeping your data safe from prying eyes and evidence elimination strategies for people who prefer to keep their bits to themselves. STFSB could be seen as a tool for users who want to learn how to skirt the laws and enter into the dark underground of file sharing subversives, but I see it a different way. The book offers numerous pointers on ways to legal participate in file sharing, without ever venturing into the realm of legal question marks. It also clearly points out the various methods of file sharing that are clearly operating outside the boundaries of the law, giving you useful guidance in avoiding having your IP address show up in a John Doe lawsuit. And for fans of computer lore, this is a must have addition to your library, simply because it tells the story of file sharing, dating back to its BBS origins.