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Nonprofit Organization Doles out Files by the Petabyte
May 27, 2004
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You know that euphoric feeling one gets when a web search turns up a page that looks to be just the thing you've been looking for all these years? And then feeling you get when you click on that link only to learn the site no longer exists? Don't despair!

A nonprofit organization called The Internet Archive, at has diligently recorded essentially the entire web since 1996. Their "wayback machine" has 25 copies of the entire site, for example, going back to 2001, and going back to 2000.

Impossible, you say? Perhaps impossible with mere terabytes and terabytes of archival power. They have petabytes upon petabytes.

Most interesting to the p2p community and is that this archiving power is not reserved solely for internet history. The site is also chock full of software, movies, and music. 10,000 recorded concerts are available. As you may imagine, they have had problems operating within the law. However, it appears they fought the law and the law lost.

Every p2peer's favorite Act, the DCMA, would have prevented them from archiving software. In 2003, however, they lobbied and successfully added two exceptions to the DCMA for archiving software.

In the words of Slyck, “Sly People Are Learning New Ways To Get Their Files.” That includes old web pages, political documents, music, audio, and video.

The internet archive is one of today’s greatest fighters for fair use. P2P and large centralized repositories such as this can complement each other. P2P is clearly a more efficient way of going about file transfer, especially when it comes to bandwidth and cost. However, authorities such as provide organization, structure, and reliability. We p2peers should use our omnipotence to help distribute public domain files such as those served by the Internet Archive.

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