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Napster and Gnutella depend on users to provide files as well as consume them. Experience has shown that many users only consume. MojoNation and other projects, notably in the adult entertainment industry, address this problem by allowing uploaders to charge and downloaders to pay. Payment schemes can be seen as a flavor of reputation management.

See the canonical study, by Eytan Adar and Bernardo A. Huberman at Xerox Parc.

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