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is a peer-to-peer file sharing system, to be written in 100% pure
(hereinafter "the system") is inspired by existing peer to peer systems such as
, and builds on experiences with those systems. Devices such as
and voting such as used in
are also intrinsic to the system.
The purpose of
is to share files between computer systems. The system is:
The system provides:
peer to peer file transfer
JP2P attempts to avoid the controversy attending peer to peer file sharing by using a Board of Governors with authority to remove copyrighted material from distribution. Since a governing authority exists,
might be classified as a
peer to peer network.
The JP2P system is
, that is, clients obtain updates from the system automatically. The updates are distributed in the form of software system components such as class files or jar files. Clients inform other clients when updates are available, and the system informs the users when software updates are available, and also the state of the components of the software.
Anyone can contribute updates to the software, the updates are evaluated by the Board of Governors or their designates before being released to the JP2P client system. Once released, the software updates are in 0.1 status, they progress to 0.2 status, 0.3 status and so on until they achieve Release Status. For example, if a module jp2p.jar is currently in 3.1 status, that is the first update to the 3 branch.
The Board of Governors
Board Of Governors
is governed by a board, elected by the users of the of the system. The board consists of users who pass judgment on updates and content. The ability to govern content allows for removal of files that contain copyrighted material. However onerous, or even
this may seem, it is necessary because of copyright laws in many countries.
There is nothing to prevent using elements of the system such as classes and even the protocol to circumvent the Board of Governors, however. The Honor System should still prevail. It is clear that the more attempts to legislate, the more clever people will get around the legislation. JP2P will not indulge in preachiness, but the law is the law.
is designed collaboratively: any and all are encouraged to share in the design, feature definition, use case definition, GUI, test cases, and any other design tasks. The design will be accomplished on the
Board of Governors
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