Date Added: May 2010
The ever-growing explosion in technological advancements is paving the way to the expansion of multimedia applications. Unfortunately, current multimedia applications use centralized architectures. Before decentralized architectures are utilized and used, some issues related to decentralization must be addressed. In this paper, the authors focus on the problem of free riding in decentralized collaborative environments. They propose a novel taxonomy of free riders in multimedia systems based on trustworthiness. To the best of their knowledge, no existing literature considers trustworthiness, which they believe is a vital dimension that should be considered when identifying free riders.