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Alan Connor | 17:51 UK time, Monday, 9 June 2008

You might remember George Wright posted here in February about P2P Next,

a Europe-wide consortium of 21 partners spanning broadcasters, technical universities, content and metadata specialists and hardware vendors. We are building a new, cross-platform, Free/Open Source software-based, legal, peer-to-peer system.

There's been some interesting reaction around various blogs [Technorati search | Google search] and this week, the splendid Council Chamber in BBC Broadcasting House [click here for tours] sees the six-monthly General Assembly of P2P Next, where partners discuss the future of the project, including this work in progress from one of the key participants, Pioneer.

p2p next

George will be returning to post about P2P Next after the end of the Assembly.

Alan Connor is co-editor, BBC Internet Blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    " legal, peer-to-peer system"

    Could you explain this?

    1) Using P2P isn't illegal

    2) It's just a way of copying files around, "illegal" files are no different to "legal" files.

  • Comment number 2.

    @ParkyDR (#1): A good point, and one that George is eternally aware of. This is not some misguided notion to decriminalise a perfectly legal activity. But if I explain it in my own words, I fear I'll get the detail wrong - do you mind watching this space?

    Alan Connor, BBC Internet Blog

  • Comment number 3.

    @Alan Connor

    I don't mind at all, I will be watching this space with interest.

  • Comment number 4.

    P2P is a much misunderstood and misused technology. It does however represent the future of media distribution over the interrnet, and if properly implemented can achieve this goal while not bringing the internet to its knees.

    ISPs should see P2P media server appliances as an opportunity to offer this technology in a manageable fashion which does not disrupt their networks in the way P2P misuse is apparently doing and requiring heavy-handed use of bandwidth shaping technology by ISPs.

    Current P2P software generally falls into two categories:
    - Automated services such as Veoh or iPlayer which offer little control over download bandwidth usage.
    - User managed software such BitTorrent.
    Both the former, and the latter in the hands of novices create unwelcome unstable/noisy bandwidth usage with wide peaks and troughs.

    P2P has been unfairly demonized by much of the industry, Its high time it was fully embraced and developed for the benefit of all.


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