P2P: From File Sharing to Meta-Information Pooling

Communications & Strategies, No. 59, p. 35, 3rd Quarter 2005

17 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2007

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Eric Dagiral

Université Paris-Est Marne la Vallée (UPEMLV)

Florian Dauphin

Université Paris V Rene Descartes

Abstract

P2P networks have mainly been used for downloading cultural goods. This sociological research focuses on the practices and norms of users and designers. Drawing on a qualitative survey, it explores the many ways sharing takes place. It looks at P2P networks as file sharing communities and probes the underpinnings of such file sharing. This article particularly scrutinizes the way in which users are brought together in communities founded on exploration and discovery. The latest developments seem to point towards a type of community chiefly based on exchanging meta-information.

Keywords: P2P, file sharing, online communities, meta-information, cultural goods, MP3

JEL Classification: D43, l41, l43, L51, L96, K21, H42

Suggested Citation

Dagiral, Eric and Dauphin, Florian, P2P: From File Sharing to Meta-Information Pooling. Communications & Strategies, No. 59, p. 35, 3rd Quarter 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977918

Eric Dagiral (Contact Author)

Université Paris-Est Marne la Vallée (UPEMLV) ( email )

6-8 Cours du Danube
5, Bd Descartes
Serris, Marne-la-Vallée Cedex 2 77700
France

Florian Dauphin

Université Paris V Rene Descartes ( email )

31, avenue Bosquet
Paris, 75270
France

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