Zeropaid.com

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ZeroPaid
Web address www.zeropaid.com
Slogan If it's free it's for me.
Type of site Technology news, software, forums and download links
Registration Optional (to post on forum)
Available language(s) English
Owner Jorge A. Gonzalez, Chris Hedgecock
Created by Jorge A. Gonzalez, Chris Hedgecock
Launched March 2000[1]
Alexa rank [2]

ZeroPaid.com is a website dedicated to news, computer software, community, and file sharing. It offers news, software reviews, links, and a user forum. Its main news staff consists of Jared Moya since 2005 and Drew Wilson since 2007.

History[edit]

ZeroPaid, a technology news and software review portal, was launched in by Jorge Gonzalez and Chris Hedgecock.[3] Zeropaid's early focus was on the Peer-to-peer space including everything related to File sharing, Napster, Gnutella, Usenet, and BitTorrent.[4]

Early popularity can be attributed to features like the Gnutella "server of the moment," which allowed users to connect to a node of the decentralized network. This feature has since been built into desktop clients.[5]

ZeroPaid gained notoriety in 2000 for its "Wall of Shame"[6] listing of IP addresses from users who attempted to download child pornography from the Gnutella P2P network.[7] The site continues to be a source of original content and analysis. The website features numerous interviews including interviews with WinMXWorld,[8] FilesTube,[9] the Open Rights Group,[10] the Pirate Party of Canada,[11] the Free Software Foundation,[12] Renaud Veeckman,[13] Russell McOrmond[14] and Michael Geist.[15]

ZeroPaid has grown up into a full fledged news & technology website complete with daily news on tech and copyright, free software catalog, and busy user forums. The website has been mentioned and its founders quoted in The Economist,[16] eonline.com,[17][18] USA Today,[19][20][21][22][23] and Wired.[24][25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Zeropaid.com"
  2. ^ "Alexa"
  3. ^ "About Zeropaid.com"
  4. ^ "Zeropaid.com on June 20, 2000". archive.org, June 20, 2000
  5. ^ "arstechnica.com forum".arstechnica.com, July 28, 2000
  6. ^ "ZDNet: Gnutella porn surfers exposed" zdnet.com, May 4, 2000.
  7. ^ "Gnutella's Wall Of Shame". slashdot.com, May 4, 2000.
  8. ^ "WinMXWorld" WinMXWorld Interview, April 24, 2008
  9. ^ "FilesTube" FilesTube Interview, October 1, 2008
  10. ^ "Open Rights Group" Open Rights Group Interview, January 10, 2009
  11. ^ "The Pirate Party of Canada" Interview with the Pirate Party of Canada, September 10, 2009
  12. ^ "Free Software Foundation" Free Software Foundation interview, July 30, 2010
  13. ^ "Renaud Veeckman" Renaud Veeckman interview, August 28, 2010
  14. ^ "Russell McOrmond" Russell McOrmond interview, August 31, 2010
  15. ^ "Michael Geist" Michael Geist interview, May 21, 2012
  16. ^ "41 more sued over music downloads". The Economist, Dec 13, 2003
  17. ^ "Netizens Cope with Post-Napster Trauma". eonline.com, Jul 27, 2000.
  18. ^ "The Offspring: Pretty Sly for a Web Buy". eonline.com, Sep. 15, 2000.
  19. ^ "File sharing is a hit, despite legal setbacks". usatoday.com, May 13, 2002.
  20. ^ "RIAA goes after the little guys". usatoday.com, June 25, 2003.
  21. ^ "41 more sued over music downloads". usatoday.com, Dec 13, 2003.
  22. ^ "Online trading of TV episodes grows". usatoday.com, May 20, 2004.
  23. ^ "Online pirates use submarine tactics". usatoday.com, June 14, 2004.
  24. ^ "Program Lets P2P Users Roam Free". wired.com, May 06, 2003.
  25. ^ "Hackers Smack Anti-Piracy Firm Again and Again". wired.com, Sept 09, 2007.
  26. ^ "Apple TV Fails to Tap the Net's Limitless Library". wired.com, Oct 17, 2007.

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