The Gnutella Saga

from the crazy-kids dept

This story is all over the place, so you may have seen it already, but I figured I should post something about it. The folks at Nullsoft (now a subsidiary of AOL) created an open source Napster-like program in secret and posted it to their website. Thanks to Slashdot’s coverage of this, plenty of folks downloaded it. Then AOL found out what happened and freaked out. It seems (especially considering they will soon own Warner Music) AOL isn’t too keen on products that will most likely be used to exchange music for free. Of course, now that the source is out there, it’s a little late to stop it. Somehow, I gather that’s what the folks at Nullsoft were thinking.

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