Re: POLITICS: RIAA & Law trumps Freedom of Speech

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 23:02:35 MDT

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> I cannot think of a darker day. Mark this one on your calendar
> folks (April 26, 2001). Due to threats by the RIAA involving
> lawsuits 'in theory' supported by the DMCA (digital millennium
> copyright act), academics involved in the process of "invited"
> attack on the SDMI (secure digital music initiative) are
> effectively being "gagged" from presenting their results.
> The text of the authors statement is here:
> with further information here:
> with the /. commentary here:
> This is another example where an "activist"
> extropian/transhumanist group could play a role.
> A few dozen FreeNet servers "hosting" the papers by
> the academic authors and a couple of thousand letters
> to the RIAA saying why we are boycotting the purchase
> of music CD's until the gestapo tactics cease would
> be highly useful.

Well Robert you must have missed the other big RIAA development, which
is that they are now forcing ISPs to remove users who are found to be
using Gnutella to trade files. Presumably the RIAA is somehow sniffing
the traffic to figure out which users have Gnutella "activity" going on.
I wonder if they even try to determine whether the files are legit or
not, or if simply having Gnutella packets going to your IP address is
enough to get your ISP to cut you off. At any rate, they will use the
same tactic for Freenet. No ISP will be able to stand up to them, since
if they do, they will be sued out of existence for allowing copyright
violations to knowingly take place on their network. The only possible
solution is going to be hiding the traffic somehow, maybe cloaking the
traffic as normal-looking encrypted HTTP/SSL traffic would work. I hope
Freenet is designing for this.

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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