Bram Cohen uppmuntrar också

Postat: 2005-07-03 kl. 13.25

I efterdyningarna av Grokster-domen har syftet med skapandet av fildelningsnätverk blivit viktigt. Och framför allt hur man talar om det.

BitTorrent programmer Bram Cohen may be in legal jeopardy after the discovery on Wednesday of an old agenda buried on his website saying he creates programs to "commit digital piracy."

The polemic would have been of little interest a week ago. But on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the intent behind a file-sharing program can be a decisive factor in determining whether the creator can be sued for its users' copyright infringement.

Manifestet publicerades på Bram Cohens webbplats och säger bland annat:

I am a technological activist. I have a political agenda. I am in favor of basic human rights: to free speech, to use any information and technology, to purchase and use recreational drugs, to enjoy and purchase so-called 'vices', to be free of intruders, and to privacy.

I further my goals with technology. I build systems to disseminate information, commit digital piracy, synthesize drugs, maintain untrusted contacts, purchase anonymously, and secure machines and homes. I release my code and writings freely, and publish all of my ideas early to make them unpatentable.

archive.org A technological activist's agenda (2001-07)

Cohen själv säger att manifestet är parodierande av andra liknande manifest och inte på allvar:

Cohen said the agenda was written years before he started work on BitTorrent, and that it was written as a parody of other manifestos.

"I wrote that in 1999, and I didn't even start working on BitTorrent until 2001," Cohen said. "I find it really unpleasant that I even have to worry about it."

Undrar vad domare Souter tycker om det.

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