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Electronic Arms-Race Heats Up with Advent of Stealth File Sharing (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 10:13 PM
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The arms-race between internet users and the entertainment industry is heating up again. After a barrage of lawsuits coming from several angles, the file sharers have regrouped and retaliated. The software's name is Darknet, and according to its creators, it will be available for large scale distribution by Christmas. The program allows users to share files in the darknet, away from the prying eyes of industry investigators, connected to a global web of trusted users.
 



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"In a capitalist system, if things change, you adapt," Clarke said, advising studios to invest in technology instead of lawyers.

"If you are selling water in the desert and one day it starts to rain, what do you do?" he asked rhetorically. "Go to the government and get them to ban rain, or do you sell something else?"

Freenet's user-cloaking software was tested by about 2,000 members of Orkut, an online social network created by Internet search giant Google, with "very positive results," Clarke said.


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I think this is wonderful. Information should be free, period.

I'm a writer, and even I don't give a damn about copyright and associated monetary nonsense. If your work is good, it will pay off. Artists should never need more lawyers than criminals.

The next evolution on the part of the industry investigators is to find ways to infiltrate the networks, either with software or social engineering. I'm sure the arms race will continue, it always does. Just look at nature, animals do the exact same thing.

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posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 10:21 PM
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AWESOME news. Big up's to who ever created this.. hopefully it works as promised and this silly corperate war can end, with the consumers being the winners.



posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 10:36 PM
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Hey its NOT just files they are sharing on Orkut...

news.com.com...

Brazilian police arrested 10 people on Thursday accused of selling drugs using Google's international social networking site Orkut, which is hugely popular in the Latin American country.

"We discovered the drug ring first via authorized phone tapping, and later the investigation included monitoring of their activities on the Internet," said a duty officer at the Drugs Enforcement Service in the city of Niteroi, just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro.

The officer, who declined to be named, told Reuters most of those accused were detained in Niteroi, others in Rio and one in the resort town of Buzios.

"We've nabbed 10 so far, but there may be more," he added. The ring distributed mainly ecstasy and marijuana.

Orkut allows members to join and set up online communities to discuss everything from doughnuts to quantum physics and schedule events such as community meetings.

Narcotics are also discussed, with some groups advocating their legalization. However, most popular Portuguese-language communities touching on the issue are anti-drug groups.

Several million Brazilians have become devotees of Orkut since Web search leader Google launched the popular social-networking site in January 2004. They make up more than half of Orkut's 7 million plus members.

Part of Orkut's allure is its exclusivity--one can only join at the invitation of another member. The site is named after Google software engineer Orkut Buyukkokten.

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