File Sharing Going Strong

By Deane Barker on July 12, 2004

Online file swapping endures: What, exactly, is eDonkey?

Despite entertainment industry attempts to curb online song and movie swapping with lawsuits and education campaigns, more people than ever are using peer-to-peer services.

BigChampagne, which tracks Internet file sharing, says 8.3 million people were online at any one time in June using unauthorized services like Kazaa and eDonkey — up 19% from 6.8 million in June 2003.

The majority of files being traded were music, BigChampagne says. Porn videos and images were the second-biggest category.