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From: ryan:christiansen:intellisol at: 9-May-2001 17:40

Just a quick thought on a do-able REBOL-based replacement for Napster (a.k.a. REBster): 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 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 address. 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. Thoughts? Ryan C. Christiansen Web Developer Intellisol International 4733 Amber Valley Parkway Fargo, ND 58104 701-235-3390 ext. 6671 FAX: 701-235-9940 Global Leader in People Performance Software _____________________________________ Confidentiality Notice This message may contain privileged and confidential information. If you think, for any reason, that this message may have been addressed to you in error, you must not disseminate, copy or take any action in reliance on it, and we would ask you to notify us immediately by return email to [ryan--christiansen--intellisol--com]