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Economics of BitTorrent communities

Ian A. Kash, John K. Lai, Haoqi Zhang, Aviv Zohar
2012 Proceedings of the 21st international conference on World Wide Web - WWW '12  
In this paper, we advocate for adopting an alternative perspective where communities are viewed as economic systems in which users adapt to site policies.  ...  Over the years, private file-sharing communities built on the BitTorrent protocol have developed their own policies and mechanisms for motivating members to share content and contribute resources.  ...  Previous studies of BitTorrent communities (e.g.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2187836.2187867 dblp:conf/www/KashLZZ12 fatcat:gtjyeuir4fepvfm7h6ebyxf7le

Influences on cooperation in BitTorrent communities

Nazareno Andrade, Miranda Mowbray, Aliandro Lima, Gustavo Wagner, Matei Ripeanu
2005 Proceeding of the 2005 ACM SIGCOMM workshop on Economics of peer-to-peer systems - P2PECON '05  
We collect BitTorrent usage data across multiple file-sharing communities and analyze the factors that affect users' cooperative behavior.  ...  We find evidence that the design of the BitTorrent protocol results in increased cooperative behavior over other P2P protocols used to share similar content (e.g. Gnutella).  ...  of cooperation in different BitTorrent communities.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1080192.1080198 fatcat:ax465fyugjbatowqhielm2kvpm

Gifting technologies: A BitTorrent case study

Matei Ripeanu, Miranda Mowbray, Nazerano Andrade, Aliandro Lima
2006 First Monday  
Our study of BitTorrent communities supports the idea of "economics of effort" applied to gifting: that the easier it is for users to gift, the more likely they are to do so.  ...  We investigate how these types of contributions vary between different BitTorrent communities and between different members of the same community.  ... 
doi:10.5210/fm.v11i11.1412 fatcat:4p577tcmsjgijixugbyxkkqfhe

Give and Ye Shall Receive! The Copyright Implications of BitTorrent

Bob Rietjens
2005 SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology & Society  
BitTorrent is a new type of P2P technology with which users download small pieces of a file, and then start uploading these small pieces to each other.  ...  This essay analyses whether using BitTorrent amounts to infringement of copyrights or related rights in different European jurisdictions.  ...  These exceptions and limitation function to balance the economic interests of copyright holders and the interests of users. 45 This chapter assesses whether BitTorrent users can benefit from any of these  ... 
doi:10.2966/scrip.020305.327 fatcat:7tpbs6p47zbafht2bshkrnoiii

Improving Efficiency and Fairness in P2P Systems with Effort-Based Incentives

R. Rahman, M. Meulpolder, D. Hales, J. Pouwelse, D. Epema, H. Sips
2010 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications  
principles from an alternative economic vision, Participatory Economics (Parecon), to inspire systems to be fair and to ensure maximization of the social welfare while being efficient at the same time  ...  , and 3) we present the results of simulations in which we apply principles from Parecon to two popular real life systems: a) the popular file sharing BitTorrent protocol; b) a generic credit based sharing  ...  What kind of economic incentives do they desire?  ... 
doi:10.1109/icc.2010.5502544 dblp:conf/icc/RahmanMHPES10 fatcat:qsnqgjur7jh75cnjwvppze6y74

TnT

Shakir James, Patrick Crowley
2010 Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems - ANCS '10  
INTRODUCTION Peer-to-peer (P2P) applications are expensive and economical.  ...  To determine the benefit of the applications that TnT supports, we measure the cross-ISP traffic of BitTorrent (BT) with and without the ISP tracker (+ISP).  ... 
doi:10.1145/1872007.1872043 dblp:conf/ancs/JamesC10 fatcat:4rphjv5b2nfzlnjnl2fbi44ag4

Bundling practice in BitTorrent

Jinyoung Han, Seungbae Kim, Taejoong Chung, Ted Taekyoung Kwon, Hyun-chul Kim, Yanghee Choi
2012 Proceedings of the 12th ACM SIGMETRICS/PERFORMANCE joint international conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems - SIGMETRICS '12  
We conduct comprehensive measurements on the current practice of content bundling to understand the structural patterns of torrents and the participant behaviors of swarms on one of the largest BitTorrent  ...  We find that over 72% of BitTorrent torrents contain multiple files, which indicates that bundling is widely used for file sharing.  ...  Most of our findings lead to the following question, which provides us a socio-economic point of view on BitTorrent publishing: what are the main incentives of content bundling in BitTorrent?  ... 
doi:10.1145/2254756.2254768 dblp:conf/sigmetrics/HanKCKKC12 fatcat:my5th3wv4vgbdg4zdrowr4hepq

Bundling practice in BitTorrent

Jinyoung Han, Seungbae Kim, Taejoong Chung, Ted Taekyoung Kwon, Hyun-chul Kim, Yanghee Choi
2012 Performance Evaluation Review  
We conduct comprehensive measurements on the current practice of content bundling to understand the structural patterns of torrents and the participant behaviors of swarms on one of the largest BitTorrent  ...  We find that over 72% of BitTorrent torrents contain multiple files, which indicates that bundling is widely used for file sharing.  ...  Most of our findings lead to the following question, which provides us a socio-economic point of view on BitTorrent publishing: what are the main incentives of content bundling in BitTorrent?  ... 
doi:10.1145/2318857.2254768 fatcat:kt5z6nzrnngyzd7bkbkgi6hefe

Improving sustainability of BitTorrent darknets

Xiaowei Chen, Xiaowen Chu, Zongpeng Li
2012 Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications  
Private BitTorrent community, known as "BitTorrent Darknet" or "Private Tracker (PT)", has received much attention in the research literature recently.  ...  Different from public BitTorrent community, PT can only be accessed by its registered members, and it can provide ultra-high downloading speed due to its effective Sharing Ratio Enforcement (SRE) incentive  ...  Acknowledgment This paper is an extended version based on our previous work published at 2011 International Conference on Computer Communication Networks (ICCCN'11), and these works were supported by grant  ... 
doi:10.1007/s12083-012-0149-3 fatcat:bzhwozies5aiblkprm5c3yhvba

File Sharing, Network Architecture, and Copyright Enforcement: An Overview

Tilman Klumpp
2013 Managerial and Decision Economics  
This paper provides an overview of internet file sharing networks and explores the relationship between technological, economic, and legal aspects of file sharing.  ...  The target audience of this survey consists of economists and legal scholars interested in the technology and economics of file sharing networks and the enforcement of intellectual property rights on these  ...  Computer game developers, for example, routinely dispatch software updates to the gaming community via BitTorrent.  ... 
doi:10.1002/mde.2634 fatcat:6hkilh7yfvfkxe6lm6vxsbiz7y

The BitTorrent Anonymity Marketplace [article]

Seth James Nielson, Dan S. Wallach
2011 arXiv   pre-print
The very nature of operations in peer-to-peer systems such as BitTorrent exposes information about participants to their peers.  ...  We propose a novel modification for BitTorrent that we call the BitTorrent Anonymity Marketplace. Peers in our system trade in k swarms obscuring the actual intent of the participants.  ...  Acknowledgements Thanks to Gabriel Landau for suggesting the phrase "indistinguishability of intent."  ... 
arXiv:1108.2718v1 fatcat:hlsa2dmbfje3bascdeodvj4juy

BitTorious volunteer: server-side extensions for centrally-managed volunteer storage in BitTorrent swarms

Preston V. Lee, Valentin Dinu
2015 BMC Bioinformatics  
We have implementated the server-side announcement and control portions of this BitTorrent extension into v3.0.0 of the BitTorious portal, upon which compatible clients may be built.  ...  With sufficient awareness and adoption of BitTorious Volunteer-based clients by the general public, the BitTorious portal may be able to provide peta-scale storage resources to the scientific community  ...  Acknowledgements We would like to thank the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions. BitTorious research and development is self-funded.  ... 
doi:10.1186/s12859-015-0779-6 pmid:26537733 pmcid:PMC4634576 fatcat:6cqngw7udngg7cmgyb4dw2fj2a

The Piratical Ethos in Streams of Language

Justin Lewis
2015 Popular Communication  
Attention is paid to attitudes that convey support of and resistance to intellectual property on technological, social, and economic grounds.  ...  This article conducts a discourse analysis related to intellectual property gathered from digital piracy communities.  ...  METHODS Research Site and Demographics Data were collected from six different BitTorrent communities. 1 Sometimes referred to as "file sharing communities" or "digital communes," private BitTorrent communities  ... 
doi:10.1080/15405702.2014.977997 fatcat:gre2p6x245aljpvbsdwygjkdeq

Deep packet inspection and bandwidth management: Battles over BitTorrent in Canada and the United States

Milton L. Mueller, Hadi Asghari
2012 Telecommunications Policy  
Both focus on the use by Internet service providers of a new capability known as deep packet inspection (DPI) to "throttle" or restrict the speed of BitTorrent uploads or downloads by their customers.  ...  The paper's descriptive comparison is supplemented by quantitative data drawn from the use of Glasnost, a network test that allows third parties to detect BitTorrent throttling via DPI.  ...  Both operators throttled BitTorrent at all times of day, regardless of congestion.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2012.04.003 fatcat:ljcp6iocsvbuzbnld5hyfs4ub4

On blind mice and the elephant

John S. Otto, Mario A. Sánchez, David R. Choffnes, Fabián E. Bustamante, Georgos Siganos
2011 Computer communication review  
In the case of BitTorrent, however, previous studies have been limited by narrow perspectives that restrict such analysis.  ...  This paper presents a comprehensive view of BitTorrent, using data from a representative set of 500,000 users sampled over a two year period, located in 169 countries and 3,150 networks.  ...  We are always grateful to Paul Gardner for his assistance with Vuze and the users of our software for their invaluable data.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2043164.2018450 fatcat:uozzbeqk4vhrhohv7xrcya4dbi
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