11/15/2005

Internet2 P2P Network Closes

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:14 am

A file-swapping network that let college students download movies and music at blazing speeds on the Internet2 research network has closed its doors, the latest casualty of entertainment industry legal pressure.

The i2Hub network emerged in early 2004, taking advantage of the supercharged network that connects college campuses to let students trade files at speeds far faster than is possible on the ordinary Internet.

But the service, which had also expanded into less controversial legal territory such as textbook exchange and dating, had increasingly been a target of record labels and movie studios cracking down on piracy. Individuals using the network have already been sued for copyright infringement, and i2Hub itself was one of a handful of networks threatened with potential legal action by the Recording Industry Association of America in September.

I2Hub founder Wayne Chang declined to comment on the network’s closure, citing potential legal concerns. Visitors to the service’s Web site on Monday found a nearly blank page with the terse message: “R.I.P. 11.14.2005″

Source: ZDNet

 

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