KaZaA substitute based in Palestine threatens "war"!

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 9 11:39:28 MDT 2003

webhead  Inside the Internet.

An Offer You Can Refuse
The RIAA's amnesty deal may not keep you from being sued.
By Paul Boutin

Posted Monday, September 8, 2003, at 4:47 PM PT

If you're one of the 4 million people connected to the KaZaA network at 
any given time, you were about as likely to be hit by lightning today as 
by one of the 261 lawsuits from the record industry. But even if you got 
off, you might have reason to worry: The Recording Industry Association 
of America has at least 1,600 subpoenas in the works to force ISPs to 
identify file-traders whose IP addresses have been spotted downloading 
or sharing the copyrighted recordings of RIAA member labels and artists.

The barrage of lawsuits, coupled with an amnesty program for people who 
haven't yet been busted, is aimed at changing the mindset of Americans 
who, according to a recent study by Pew Research, care less than ever 
whether they're breaking copyright laws by downloading tunes from the 
Net. Three years of lawsuits and media campaigns have, if anything, 
backfired by turning peer-to-peer music sharing into a game of cops and 
robbers—one where music fans see Hollywood record moguls as the robbers. 
Judging by online chatter and breaking news reports, today's lawsuits 
were the first effective attack against song-swappers who previously 
felt they had safety in numbers.

To those determined to make an end-run around the music biz's lack of 
attractive online offerings (Apple's iTunes Music Store is still the 
best of a weak lot), the lawsuits just mean it's time to abandon KaZaA 
by moving their game of keep-away to the next playground. KaZaA rose to 
prominence only after Napster was shut down. Now that RIAA lawyers have 
proved they can subpoena the names of KaZaA users from their ISPs, 
expect a mass migration to anonymous, encrypted P2P networks designed 
specifically to fix the known vulnerabilities in KaZaA. Earth Station 5 
is the most outrageous example. It uses a mesh of proxy servers, 
encrypted data, and other identity-hiding tricks to keep copyright 
owners from tracking who's downloading what. To top it all off, the 
company—which recently issued a press release declaring itself "at war" 
with the entertainment industry—is headquartered in Palestine.

full: http://slate.msn.com/id/2088066/


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