by Wallace Wang
November 2004, 296 pp.
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Steal This File Sharing Book tackles the thorny issue of file sharing networks such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Usenet. It explains how these networks work and how to use them. It exposes the dangers of using file sharing networks - including viruses, spyware, and lawsuits - and tells how to avoid them.
In addition to covering how people use file sharing networks to share everything from music and video files to books and pornography, it also reveals how people use them to share secrets and censored information banned by their governments. Includes coverage of the ongoing battle between the software, video, and music pirates and the industries that are trying to stop them.
About the Author
Best-selling computer book author Wallace Wang is a former contributor to Boardwatch Magazine, where he wrote a monthly column called "Notes From the Underground." Wang is the author of the Steal This Computer Book series and The Book of Nero 6. He is also a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas.
Table of Contents
Part I: Starting Out
Part II: Stealing Files
Part III: The Future
"Unquestionably the best book on the subject that I've read... Steal This File Sharing Book is both funny and lucid."
"Must be the worst nightmare of deluded music big boys everywhere... it's a guidebook for trading as anonymously as possible and via methods the big media companies would prefer the average person not know about. It's this rich content that makes the book a treat."
"There is so much stuff in this book, it will keep you busy reading for hours… simple enough to understand, even for the basic home user... a great read I would recommend it to anyone interested in file sharing."
"If it were up to Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, as well as just about any software publisher or music publisher, this book would be banned."
"One of the best aspects of this book is that Wang does a good job
Wally Wang interviewed on "Mornings with Keith & Gail" show
"The breadth of coverage is impressive, the writing and organization
Reader review, 5/5 owls: "A book for anyone who simply wants to have an awareness of what is out there."
Author Wally Wang is guest on live radio show in Las Vegas
"A well-written and informative book, written in the same spirit of Steal This Computer Book."
Author Wally Wang interviewed and Steal This File Sharing Book offered as premium during station pledge drive
"This is a plain and easy-to-hear wake up call to IT managers who must understand that the dangers of file sharing go way beyond viruses and porn. If you are tired of trying to convince them yourself, drop this book on their desk and see what they think."
"File sharing is here to stay and this book will help you find what you need and use file sharing securely."
"...the definitive look at the file sharing movement... Wang's right: You won't find this kind of information about the ins and outs of the P2P networks in the traditional press."
Wally Wang interviewed on syndicated radio show
Wally reminisces about his days writing for the magazine, plus a look at the new book
Wallace Wang is interviewed in The Industry Standard's first podcast
"MyMac.com cannot support theft of legally-protected files via the Internet," but "I read every word in this well-researched book, and it made me wish that free, legal, high-quality downloads and media samples were available several years ago, so that file swapping didn't become the zoo that it is."
"Chops the sharp edged topic of piracy down into easily readable and understandable pieces that seamlessly flow together but most importantly are easy to understand."
"If your knowledge of file sharing is limited to news reports about Napster, you should check out Steal This File Sharing Book, an irreverent explanation of the history, present, and future of digital content trading."
"Steal This File Sharing Book... goes beyond the misconceptions and melodrama to examine how popular services such as Kazaa, Morpheus and UseNet work, and uncovers the dangers that can befall fans of file-swapping, such as viruses, spyware and even lawsuits."
"An essential 'bible' for any avid file-sharer."
Book reviewed on Long Island's largest non-commercial radio station
Contributed article by Wallace Wang entitled, "Let's sue everybody! (or 'why file sharing is not illegal')"
"Go ahead and buy (don't steal) this book if you would like to understand the background and issues surrounding file sharing. I think Wallace Wang did a great job pulling the information together and I hope he can keep the website updated."
"Wang explains the architecture of five popular peer-to-peer file sharing networks that allow members to exchange music, movie, video games, software, and pornography."
#5 on Top Ten List
"If you want a better understanding of the often murky world of file sharing, you can get it from Steal This File Sharing Book... there's quite a bit of material that will fill in some gaps."
Wallace Wang is the guest in online File Sharing discussion
Wallace Wang is interviewed by Donna Ricks
"In essence, it's a primer on file sharing, filled with blunt assessments of why people engage in file sharing, how peer to peer networks work, and how to, as Wang puts it, 'steal files.' I was struck with the candor of the book from the dedication page forward..."
"The book includes timely coverage of the ongoing battle between the software, video, and music pirates and the industries that are trying to stop them."
Transcript of Wallace Wang online discussion