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The Tragedy of the Commons: Arms Race Within Peer-to-Peer Tools
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2001 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The two major concerns about peer-to-peer are anonymity and non-censorship of documents. Music industry has highlighted these questions by forcing Napster to filter out copyright protected MP3 files and taking legal actions against local users by monitoring their stored MP3 files. Our investigation shows that when copyright protected files are filtered out, users stop downloading public music as well. The success of a distributed peer-to-peer system is dependent on both cooperating coalitions and an antagonistic arms race. An individual will benefit from cooperation if it is possible to identify other users and the cost for managing services is negligible. An arms race between antagonistic participants using more and more refined agents is a plausible outcome. Instead of “the tragedy of the common” we are witnessing “the tragedy of arms race within the common”. Arms race does not need to be a tragedy because these new tools developed or actions taken against too selfish agents may improve the peer-to-peer society.

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Prague, Czech Republic: Springer-Verlag , 2001.
Keyword [en]
Tragedy of the commons, Arms race, Peer-to-peer
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-9762Local ID: 3 540 43091 1OAI: diva2:837696
Engineering Societies in the Agents World II. Second International Workshop, ESAW 2001. Revised Papers (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence Vol.2203)
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