Definition of file-sharing in US English:



  • The practice of or ability to transmit files from one computer to another over a network or the Internet.

    often as modifier ‘file-sharing software’
    • ‘One of the film's problems, and the comic book's strengths, is enormously relevant in an age of rampant online file-sharing and courtroom wars over extension of the copyright term.’
    • ‘The worm will also attempt to spread via file-sharing networks and infect other executable files.’
    • ‘In principle, file-sharing is hardly different from tape-to-tape recordings that we all made when we were kids.’
    • ‘Creating file-sharing software is completely legal in Japan.’
    • ‘I know my average of buying albums has dropped off since they began the Spanish Inquisition concerning file sharing.’
    • ‘Thanks to new applications that allow greater access to data, rich media functionality, and unreserved file sharing, companies are more productive than ever.’
    • ‘More Americans have used file-sharing software than voted for the President.’
    • ‘The number of music tracks available through file-sharing networks has fallen 27 per cent compared to the same period last year.’
    • ‘In general, the artists and musicians surveyed appear to have a balanced perspective on the subject of file-sharing and the internet.’
    • ‘When he was questioned, Spence told police that he had accessed the pictures and movies through file-sharing software and kept them on his hard drive.’
    • ‘There has been a spate of cases in the U. S. in which people who run file-sharing sites or illegally share content have been ordered to pay fines.’
    • ‘The new research could be relevant for analyzing not just social ties but also peer-to-peer file-sharing and computer networks, Dodds says.’
    • ‘Despite this and similar findings by other researchers, the recording industry has continued to scapegoat file sharing, even as record sales have fallen over the past year.’
    • ‘And - possibly the final proof - it hasn't appeared on any of the file-sharing networks.’
    • ‘At the same time, executives realize that no amount of copy protection will wipe out file-sharing or CD cloning.’
    • ‘This is the introducing of corrupt or bogus files into file-sharing services.’
    • ‘Ten years after the launch of Napster, the first online file-sharing service, the music industry is no closer to solving the problems created by digital piracy.’
    • ‘These are trying times for the sheet music business, which has been increasingly chipped away at by illegal photocopying and online file sharing.’
    • ‘The file-sharing networks have been drenched with copies.’
    • ‘The software can be used for a variety of tasks such as file management, file sharing and work flow.’
    • ‘With such vague, broad language, the bill endangers not just file-sharing networks but many other technologies as well.’
    • ‘The bill is the latest attempt by film and music trade associations to combat the hard-to-police use of file-sharing software.’
    • ‘The bulk of discussion around digital music has centered on MP3 file-sharing.’
    • ‘At present, record labels increasingly compete with free file-sharing systems for consumers.’
    • ‘Personally I've discovered countless bands through Internet and file-sharing.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the file-sharing software I use was unable to help me.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today against Internet file-sharing services.’
    • ‘Even within the realm of file-sharing, significant differences exist between software applications.’
    • ‘Japanese police have arrested two users of a supposedly anonymous file-sharing network.’
    • ‘Hollywood argues that filesharing will lead to a shortage of movies, because nobody will make movies they can't sell.’
    • ‘The industry is in a sales "slump," for which online filesharing has taken the blame.’
    • ‘It's just that the rise in file-sharing and video is making web traffic far less significant.’
    • ‘Theft is theft, whether it be via a home burglary, corporate embezzlement scheme or a file-sharing network.’
    • ‘Freenet isn't just a file-sharing network designed to resist censorship of all kinds.’
    • ‘Would you stop using file-sharing networks to prevent your computer from becoming infected by a worm?’
    • ‘They also analyzed the music collections of people who use Internet file-sharing services.’
    • ‘What Ian failed to mention in either piece, however, was that her success wasn't due solely to the power of file sharing.’
    • ‘The user is then asked to remove the media from their computer, and to turn off their file-sharing software.’
    • ‘They fight file-sharing sites not because they think it is morally wrong, but because they do not want to lose control.’
    • ‘But the pirated versions of the game which are on file-sharing and free software sites are older ones.’