Before there was Napster, there was Scour.
Scour.net was founded as a media website in 1997, when Napster co-founder and poster boy Sean Fanning was still in high school. This past spring, it launched a media file-sharing platform that went beyond just music, gaining about 5 million users
Many of them college students, these users swapped songs in MP3 format, television episodes, full-length movies and other forms of entertainment.
However, faced with a lawsuit that drained its financial resources and scared away potential investors, Scour was recently forced to file for bankruptcy, striking a blow to peer-to-peer enthusiasts and the future of video on the Internet.
But while students bemoan the loss of the Scour Exchange platform, at least two companies are now bidding for Scour's assets, hoping to revive the company's software and tap into the revenue potential they say still exists in the online digital media sphere.
Rags to Riches to Rags
Using the Scour Media Agent, users could gain access to a wide range of media hosted by other servers and websites. The program, however, was less reliable than those based on the peer-to-peer paradigm--such as Napster--which allow users to download files directly from other clients who were also logged into to the service.
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