[linux-elitists] MPAA position in CA

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Tue Jul 8 12:10:33 PDT 2003

begin  aicra@well.com quotation of Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 12:57:57PM -0400:

> The job requires working knowledge of the DMCA, etc.
> You TOO can be a part of the world wide anti-piracy team.

The inexplicable reluctance of copyright holders to take legal
action against large-scale infringers -- the easily-identified
"big collection, big bandwidth" p2p users -- has been the biggest
reason for the lack of real-world testing for good p2p systems.
The p2p systems in massive use now are pathetic quick-n-dirtyware
that can't even be bothered to do a halfway credible imitation of
non-p2p traffic, resist elementary traffic analysis, or even hide
which node has which file.  They suck and must die.

The gap between what p2p needs to do in order to be a useful free
and anonymous speech system, and what the widely deployed systems
of today actually do, is shocking.  If you develop p2p software
and your approach to security is "whine, whine, they wouldn't sue
their _customers_!" then the Secret Police will have your users
for breakfast.

I'm hoping the MPAA gets somebody smart for this job.  Scary smart.
Any p2p system whose users the MPAA can put out of action is useless
for the applications that matter.

The "CocaineNet" would be great for subscribers to an underground
newsletter, but not very useful for searches by random unknown


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