It was 1999 when the 19-year old Shawn Fanning took full advantage of the compression capabilities of the mp3 format
and created “Napster”: A piece of software which allows the sharing of mp3 files with the entire cyberworld. The
Recording Industry Association of America, however, did not like the concept of sharing, for which they claimed a
misuse of rights equivalent to 20 billion dollars.
eMule, an abbreviation of electronic mule (the electronic mule from the logo of the program) is a program which allows free exchange of files over an internet connection between users. The birth of eMule occurred on the 13th of May 2002, the date on which the german programmer Hendrik Breitkreuz gathered some developers and started the design of the well-known P2P software.
The downloadable files are not located on static servers, but are found on PCs of all kinds which are connected to the internet and use a program called “client”. The principle on which eMule works is that more is shared and more is downloaded. Contrary to Napser one can download truly everything in eMule: video, documents, games, music, images. In this way, much of that would otherwise be impossible to find in stores or anywhere else, do to loss of commercial interest, is preserved and has not become lost, remaining for free enjoyment.