After BearShare, i2Hub, WinMX, and Grokster comes eDonkey. The Recording Industry Association of America has fined MetaMachine, owners of eDonkey, $30 million for "mass copyright infringement". The settlement requires MetaMachine to cease the distribution of eDonkey, eDonkey 2000 and Overnet. Sam Yagan, CEO of MetaMachines, claims it isn't over. He wants to convert everyone who uses eDonkey to a "online retailer operating in a closed P2P environment.
The file sharing network that eDonkey connects to, known as ED2K for short, does not have a centralized server. Most users on the network are currently using an open source client called eMule. For this reason, the network, as a whole, will mostly likely remain unaffected.
The eDonkey home page displays the following message:
The eDonkey2000 Network is no longer available.
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