|'The next revolution in P2P is here. Resistance is futile' claims the website of EarthStation 5 (www.es5.com). ES5 is already raking in controversy, warnings and potential lawsuits from a whole lot of people.|
ES5 is essentially downloadable software, similar to Sharman Networks' Kazaa, ill-fated Napster, Morpheus etc. The company is already claiming a much doubted average of 11,536,240 simultaneous users, average user downloads 500,000 times a day.
The P2P (Peer to Peer) service has ambitious plans to start an Online betting service, provide streaming version of first run movies, music files, online auction service and a VOIP service, downloadable software, in fact just about anything that users share.
While the company would provide free service to registered users, it would make money from selling advertising.
Headquartered in Palestine and based in a refugee camp the 'rebel' company is shielding itself from legal liability because of its strategic location - Palestine, where copyright laws are weak.
Ras Kabir who runs EarthStation5 has already been hit by lawsuits from RIAA & MPAA (Recording and Movie industry associations) to stop the service. For now, EarthStation5 has no plans of a touchdown on earth.