1993 & > Underground BBS took over and sysadmins ruled the world
1995 - 1998,9 Public hacked FTP servers began to flourish spreading warez from small warez teams (D.O.D - CLASS - SWAT...) to couriers and to public throughout the IRC network.
2000 - 2002 Many warez targeted web sites were created, distributing the most popular files at the moment. IRC servers still packed with many downloaders. Warez groups starting to get busted and fade away.
2002 - 2003 The generation K++. Many novice and intermediate downloaders began to collect songs, movies and even full version programs/games. FTPs starting to fade away. IRC still at the same level.
Now (Mid September 2003), what do you think is going to happen to public and private FTP file servers?