From: ryan:christiansen:intellisol at: 9-May-2001 17:40
Just a quick thought on a do-able REBOL-based replacement for Napster
1. User A uses a REBOL client to send a list of shared files to a POP
address, including an authentication code.
2. A server running a REBOL server checks the POP address periodically for
new mail and downloads new mail.
3. The REBOL server authenticates each e-mail and stores User A's list of
shared files and User A's e-mail address in a database.
4. Using a REBOL client, User B browses to
www.sharemyfiles.com/rebolrocks.r and a REBOL-based CGI operation
dynamically generates a page of links to shared files, which includes links
to User A's files. The links to User A's files are a GET operation which
include User A's e-mail address and the name of a shared file.
5. User B clicks on a link to one of User A's files.
6. The REBOL server generates an e-mail, sending it to User A including an
authentication code, the name of the requested file, and User B's e-mail
7. User A's REBOL client periodically checks its POP account for new mail
and downloads any new mail.
8. User A's REBOL client authenticates each e-mail and then generates an
outgoing e-mail to User B including the attached file.
Now the question is: does such a file-sharing model get around the legal
improprieties brought to light in the Napster case? There is no continually
active connection between User A and the server nor User B and the server.
The server only posts a list of files another person says he or she would
like to share and then sends an e-mail requesting the share. You could even
have it so that when User A receives the request, he or she must click on a
button that confirms the share.
Ryan C. Christiansen
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