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Steal This File Sharing Book

Written By: RSmaster on November 21, 2009 5 Comments

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Steal This File Sharing Book tackles the thorny issue of file sharing networks such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Usenet. It explains how these networks work and how to use them. It exposes the dangers of using file sharing networks–including viruses, spyware, and lawsuits–and tells how to avoid them. In addition to covering how people use file sharing networks to share everything from music and video files to books and pornography, it also reveals how people use the… More >>

Steal This File Sharing Book

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5 Responses to “Steal This File Sharing Book”

  1. t0m0p says on: 21 November 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I got almost nothing out of this book. I’ve been file-sharing for about two months. The worst is that the book is totally out of date; it has almost nothing about bittorrent which has taken over the file-sharing world.

    I would only get this book for someone who is new not just to file-sharing, but to the internet in general. Even then it is only good as an introduction to general concepts; there is little useful detailed technical information.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Thomas Duff says on: 21 November 2009 at 5:28 pm

    If you want a better understanding of the often murky world of file sharing, you can get it from the book Steal This File Sharing Book by Wallace Wang (No Starch Press).

    Chapter list: Finding The Files; The Peer-To-Peer File Sharing Networks; Navigating Newsgroups; Instant Messaging and Online Chat Rooms; Finding Files on Web and FTP Sites; Protecting Your Identity; Protecting Your Computer; The File Formats; Sharing Music; Finding Movies (or TV Shows); Sharing Books; Pirating Software (Warez); Sharing Video Games; Sharing Pornography; Miscellaneous Thievery; The Legal Alternatives; How The Corporations Fight Back; Index

    With a subtitle of “What They Won’t Tell You About File Sharing” and the back cover disclaimer of “WARNING: This book is not to be used for violating copyright, pirating software, bootlegging movies, stealing video games, or any other miscellaneous thievery or illegal activity”, you can figure this book pretty much deals with topics that in most cases are considered illegal. I’m going to avoid addressing the ethical considerations of file sharing and comment strictly on the content of the book. You get to draw your own ethical lines.

    Overall, the book is good. I came away with a much better understanding of how peer-to-peer networks work, and how there are multiple networks available, each with their own clients for access. It’s also been awhile since I messed around with newsgroups, and I now understand the RAR format. Wang includes a lot of software recommendations (along with URLs) for each type of file acquisition (like newsgroup readers and online proxy sites), so you can quickly start trying out some of the techniques he outlines. The style and type layout of the book is also “dirty”, much like an underground publishing effort. It gives the book a look of something that you’d probably not display on your bookshelf because “proper” people don’t read things like this.

    While there’s plenty of stuff you already know here, there’s also quite a bit of material that will fill in some gaps (if they are gaps you want filled in)…
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Blayton Crown says on: 21 November 2009 at 6:12 pm

    The book blatantly explains how to get around the web in the simplest formats that will help elude anyone from virus’. I think this book is great because it also brings up a lot of good points about the productivity of newsgroups and how they can be used for more than just politics. Basically each chapter is broken down into segments of what your searching for on the internet and how to find it in places you would not usually think of right away. check this book.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Frank W. Smith says on: 21 November 2009 at 8:15 pm

    From the beginner to the advanced file sharer you will find useful information here. The author is excellent about giving examples and websites. A must have for file sharers.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. J. D. Lasica says on: 21 November 2009 at 10:40 pm

    The title of Steal This File Sharing Book: What They Won’t Tell Your About File Sharing, by Wallace Wang (No Starch Press), may make it sound as if you’re thumbing through a blueprint on how to take down the entertainment industry and their allies at the Justice Department, but what we really have here is the definitive look at the file sharing movement.

    Wang’s right: You won’t find this kind of information about the ins and outs of the P2P networks in the traditional press. Music, movie, video games, software, porn — it’s all here, ready to snag with a few mouse clicks.

    The author pokes and prods his way through the shadowy corners of the Darknet, exposing the realms where millions of people come together to trade files and engage in other furtive activities that threaten the republic’s foundations. Or not.

    Most of us know about the Kazaas and eDonkeys of the world. Wang takes us deeper, showing how to conduct more effective searches for the files we crave. Level by level, we descend through the rungs of P2P, from file sharing software like Shareaza, Deepnet Explorer and Songcrawler to Usenet, Internet Relay Chat, and Manolito, “a treasure trove for finding rare and bootleg music that you probably won’t find anywhere else.”

    Anonymity and hiding your identity are covered, natch, for the readers who want to do more than just read about these services. Wang offers tips on data protection, how to stop spyware and pop-up ads, and how to securely delete files. There’s even a section on building your own private encrypted network, or darknet.

    Unlike Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book, which openly advocated counterculture legal hijinks a generation ago, Wang is no bomb-thrower, offering a fairly down-the-middle discourse on the legalities of all this rather than advocating a mass P2P assault on the door of the entertainment industries’ Bastille.

    While a few chapters briefly touch on the causes and ethics of illegal file sharing, Steal This File Sharing Book is less interested in the whys or whos than with the how-to’s. For anyone who seriously dabbles in digital media, has a stake in the file sharing wars or is simply interested in how today’s generation of kids has found new ways of sticking it to The Man, Wang’s book is a must-read.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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