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John-Paul Rooney is a partner and patent attorney at intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers LLP. He specialises in advising firms in the consumer electronics and computing sectors.

File-Sharing Technology Goes Mainstream

File-sharing technologies, which were originally developed to allow consumers to access and download copyrighted material illegally, are now being used to find viable alternatives to cloud-based services. Originating in the 1980s and 90s, peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing technologies were originally developed by organisations such as Napster and LimeWire to facilitate the illegal sharing of music, films and computer games. While such technologies were geared to individual users, they are now being adapted to construct private networks capable of sharing data across a number of different computers among a defined group of users. This interest in traditional P2P file-sharing technology is being driven by growing demand for cheaper, easy-to-use data-storage and file-sharing services. To date, ...