Researchers at Penn State and other universities have developed a tool to help educators and researchers search for and exchange large academic or scientific files more easily--using the principles most associated with trading music and movies illegally.

But unlike the free "peer-to-peer" (P2P) file-sharing systems that have drawn complaints and lawsuits from the entertainment industry, people who allow data to be exchanged over LionShare can place limits on who can view specific files.

"It all comes down to how people share content and what restrictions they put on the content that they share," said...

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