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Token-Based Accounting and Distributed Pricing to Introduce Market Mechanisms in a Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Scenario

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  • David Hausheer
  • Nicolas C. Liebau
  • Andreas Mauthe
  • Ralf Steinmetz
  • Burkhard Stiller
Publication date2003
Host publicationP2P '03: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing
Place of publicationWashington, DC, USA
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)0-7695-2023-5
Original languageEnglish


We present a token-based accounting mechanism that alleviates the free riding problem in P2P networks. The approach is complemented by distributed pricing as a flexible and viable scheme to incite users to share valuable content and to efficiently balance requests among all peers based on economic decisions.