EDonkey network

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The eDonkey Network (also known as the eDonkey2000 network or eD2k) is a decentralized, mostly server-based, peer-to-peer file sharing network created in 2000 by US developers Jed McCaleb and Sam Yagan that is best suited to share big files among users, and to provide long term availability of files.wikipedia
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Jed McCaleb

The eDonkey Network (also known as the eDonkey2000 network or eD2k) is a decentralized, mostly server-based, peer-to-peer file sharing network created in 2000 by US developers Jed McCaleb and Sam Yagan that is best suited to share big files among users, and to provide long term availability of files.
McCaleb is also known for creating the Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange, and the peer-to-peer eDonkey and Overnet networks as well as the eDonkey2000 application.

EMule

eMule Xtreme ModAICHAdvanced Intelligent Corruption Handler
Most notably, eDonkey2000, the original client by MetaMachine, closed-source but freeware, and no longer maintained but very popular in its day; and eMule, a free program for Windows written in Visual C++ and licensed under the GNU GPL.
Started in May 2002 as an alternative to eDonkey2000, eMule now connects to both the eDonkey network and the Kad network.

EDonkey2000

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Most notably, eDonkey2000, the original client by MetaMachine, closed-source but freeware, and no longer maintained but very popular in its day; and eMule, a free program for Windows written in Visual C++ and licensed under the GNU GPL.
This client supports both the eDonkey2000 network and the Overnet network.

File sharing

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The eDonkey Network (also known as the eDonkey2000 network or eD2k) is a decentralized, mostly server-based, peer-to-peer file sharing network created in 2000 by US developers Jed McCaleb and Sam Yagan that is best suited to share big files among users, and to provide long term availability of files.
In 2006, police raids took down the Razorback2 eDonkey server and temporarily took down The Pirate Bay.

Ed2k URI scheme

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To ease file searching, some websites list the checksums of sought-after files in the form of an eD2k link.
In computing, eD2k links (ed2k://) are hyperlinks used to denote files stored on computers connected to the eDonkey filesharing P2P network.

Kad network

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The eMule Project also developed a Kademlia network of their own (called Kad) to overcome the reliance on central servers.
The majority of users on the Kad Network are also connected to servers on the eDonkey network, and Kad Network clients typically query known nodes on the eDonkey network in order to find an initial node on the Kad network.

Sam Yagan

The eDonkey Network (also known as the eDonkey2000 network or eD2k) is a decentralized, mostly server-based, peer-to-peer file sharing network created in 2000 by US developers Jed McCaleb and Sam Yagan that is best suited to share big files among users, and to provide long term availability of files.
By age 25 Yagan was the president of eDonkey (founded in 2002), a P2P file-sharing network.

AMule

aMule is a free peer-to-peer file sharing utility that works with the EDonkey network and the Kad network, offering similar features to eMule and adding others such as GeoIP (country flags).

JMule

JMule is an open source file sharing client written in Java for eDonkey2000 networks.

Kademlia

accelerated lookups
The eMule Project also developed a Kademlia network of their own (called Kad) to overcome the reliance on central servers.

Shareaza

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Shareaza is a peer-to-peer file sharing client running under Microsoft Windows which supports the gnutella, Gnutella2 (G2), eDonkey, BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP and HTTPS network protocols and handles magnet links, ed2k links, and the now deprecated gnutella and Piolet links.

IMule

The eDonkey network used in eMule and aMule, which connects through servers, has been dropped.

MLDonkey

Originally a Linux client for the eDonkey protocol, it now runs on many flavors of Unix-like, OS X, Microsoft Windows and MorphOS and supports numerous peer-to-peer protocols.

XMule

xMule — the X11 Mule — is a client for the eDonkey peer-to-peer file sharing network, originally intended to bring it to virtually all the major Unix platforms, with a particular emphasis on Linux.

Lphant

Lphant was a peer-to-peer file sharing client for the Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS operating systems, which supports the eDonkey Network and the BitTorrent protocol.

Motion Picture Association of America

MPAAMotion Picture Producers and Distributors of AmericaMotion Picture Association
This was done after a local judge authorized the confiscation at the datacenter in Zaventem near Brussels, after a denouncement of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in collaboration with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
In late 2004, the MPAA changed course and filed lawsuits in a concerted effort to address copyright infringement on a number of large online file-sharing services, including BitTorrent and eDonkey.

Jubster

Jubster is a discontinued Windows-based peer-to-peer client which supports the Gnutella, Gnutella2, eDonkey Network, FastTrack, and other P2P networks.

Peer-to-peer

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The eDonkey Network (also known as the eDonkey2000 network or eD2k) is a decentralized, mostly server-based, peer-to-peer file sharing network created in 2000 by US developers Jed McCaleb and Sam Yagan that is best suited to share big files among users, and to provide long term availability of files.

Gnutella

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Decentralization

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The eDonkey Network (also known as the eDonkey2000 network or eD2k) is a decentralized, mostly server-based, peer-to-peer file sharing network created in 2000 by US developers Jed McCaleb and Sam Yagan that is best suited to share big files among users, and to provide long term availability of files.

Proprietary software

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The server part of the network is proprietary freeware.

Freeware

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The server part of the network is proprietary freeware.