O'Reilly's P2P Conference Coverage

Conference Reports

Reports from the O'Reilly Network editorial staff covering the O'Reilly Peer to Peer Conference held in San Francisco, February 14-16, 2001.

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Clay Shirky Clay Shirky addressing the audience
Wednesday's Pictures from the Conference
Bill Joy Bill Joy speaking during the P2P keynote on Thursday
Thursday's Images from the Conference
Ian Clarke and Sean Fanning Ian Clarke talking with Shawn Fanning
Friday's Images from the Conference -- Updated 12:05 PM Pacific Time, Feb. 16, 2001.

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Welcome to openp2p.com's coverage of the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference, February 14-16, 2001. In addition to our major reports, we updated our weblogs on a regular basis during the day. O'Reilly Network managing editor Derrick Story provided pictures from the conference throughout the conference.

Lessig: Fight For Your Right to Innovate
Feb. 16 -- Rather than weakening copyright, the Napster case has actually resulted in strengthening the intellectual property rights of Hollywood, Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig said in a Friday keynote at the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer conference. A political fight is at hand, which will determine whether developers will be free to innovate or subject to the entertainment industry's permission.

Peer-to-Peer Conference Audio Files
Technetcast audio files from the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference are available now. You can listen to Tim O'Reilly's "Opening Presentation," Clay Shirky's "Lessons from Napster," and the "Dimensions of P2P" panel.

Joy Announces JXTA
Feb. 15 -- Keynoting at the O'Reilly Peer to Peer Conference on Feb. 15, Bill Joy announced Sun's P2P initiative, JXTA (for juxtapose).

P2P as R&D
Feb. 15 -- Dale Dougherty writes from the P2P Conference: "It's too early to be picking winners. What's going on in P2P is research and development into the shape of the Internet."

Something's Happening Here
Feb. 14 -- O'Reilly editor Andy Oram writes: People at the O'Reilly P2P conference are telling me something over and over, but I can't quite hear it yet. There's some unspoken thread running underneath their fervent descriptions of their projects, where they believe some peer-to-peer model is critical to success.

Notes from the "Dimensions of P2P" round table
Feb. 14 -- Coverage of yesterday's P2P Discussion with Ray Ozzie (Groove), Ian Clark (Freenet), Johnny Deep (AIMster), and Gene Kan (Gnutella). Clay Shirky, moderator.

David Anderson: Inside SETI@Home
Feb. 14 -- David Anderson offers lessons for distributed computing from his experience running the SETI@Home project.

Lessons from Napster
Feb. 14 -- Author and Accelerator Group partner Clay Shirky shares four lessons the developer community can learn from Napster.

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A Conversation with Bill Joy
Tim O'Reilly talks with Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and inventor of Jini, about P2P, Napster, copyright, and the future of computing.

P2P Smuggled In Under Cover of Darkness
2001 is the year peer-to-peer will make its real appearance in the enterprise, but most of it isn't going to come in the front door. It will be smuggled in, just like PCs were 20 years ago.

What Price Innovation?
What with the Napster and MP3.com decision, not to mention the DeCSS case, it seems like technological innovation is becoming a crime, says O'Reilly editor Andy Oram.

Code + Law: An Interview with Lawrence Lessig
Even as court rulings threaten to destroy Napster and MP3.com, Hollywood and publishers are developing software that would let them enforce much broader definitions of copyright, says cyberspace lawyer Lawrence Lessig. Code plus law equals a threat to the development of P2P, and more importantly, an assault on basic public rights. With audio

Tim O'Reilly's Guide to the P2P Conference
With more than 90 speakers in three days -- including keynotes, plenaries, technical and business tracks and lightning talks -- the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference looks a bit overwhelming. To get a handle on the conference, we talked with Tim O'Reilly and asked him to point out a few conference highlights.