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  • joly 4:37 pm on 10/31/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , musubi, p2p, p2psip, PPSP, twimight   

    Moving Toward a Censorship-free Internet #netfreedon @ietf @internetsociety 

    An article Moving Toward a Censorship-free Internet by Dr. Johan Pouwelse in the October 2012 IETF Journal follows up on a meeting at IETF84 in Vancouver that discussed various technical solutions to government Internet censorship of the kind seen in the Arab Spring.

    Technologies include:

    • Bluetooth Transfer – offline peer-to-peer.
    • Musubi – distributed crypto-enabled smartphone IM app
    • Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) – even via repeated bluetooth transfers..
    • Twimight – Decentralized microblogging app for Android
    • P2PSIP – peer-to-peer VOIP – an IETF standard, but with dubious security
    • PPSP – peer-to-peer streaming protocol – serverless video streaming
  • joly 10:48 am on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bittorrent, p2p,   

    BitTorrent demo’s P2P live video streaming at CES #webcasting 

    At CES in Las Vegas BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen demo’d a P2P live streaming system , a component of Project Chrysalis – a planned “complete home entertainment platform”.

    video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

  • joly 3:58 pm on 06/03/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , p2p, troll   

    Massive P2P copyright trolling increase 

    Nate Anderson has been keeping an eye on the activities of copyright troll firm Leesburg, Virginia-based Dunlap, Grubb, & Weaver, whose efforts make the RIAA look like “amateurs”.

    As Anderson notes :

    The model couldn’t be simpler: find an indie filmmaker; convince the production company to let you sue individual “John Does” for no charge; send out subpoenas to reveal each Doe’s identity; demand that each person pay $1,500 to $2,500 to make the lawsuit go away; set up a website to accept checks and credit cards; split the revenue with the filmmaker.

    14,583 Does have now been sued in federal court, with lawyers from Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver handling each case. The number is extraordinary; even after years of lawsuits, the RIAA campaign against file-swappers targeted 18,000 people (you can see the bump caused by RIAA lawsuits in the chart below between 2003 and 2008).

    The sheer volume suggests that these cases aren’t designed for prosecution—and they don’t need to be. As the RIAA lawsuits showed us, most people will settle. Data from the recording industry lawsuits, revealed in a court case, showed that 11,000 of the 18,000 Does settled immediately or had their cases dropped by the labels. Seven thousand either refused to settle or never responded to the settlement letter, but after the RIAA subpoenaed their identities and filed “named” lawsuits against them, nearly every one settled.

    After years of litigation, the number of people who have pursued a trial all the way to a verdict can be counted on one hand.

    The legal campaign has the potential to earn real money. Copies of the settlement letters and settlement contracts seen by Ars Technica show that Dunlap, Grubb, & Weaver generally asks for $1,500 to $2,500, threatening to sue for $150,000 if no settlement payment is forthcoming. Assuming that 90 percent of the current targets settle for $1,500, this means that the lawyers, studios, and P2P detection company would split $19.7 million.

    Once the infrastructure has been set up, this sort of system is simple to replicate, since it’s built largely on sending out letters and collecting cash. If the lawyers can continue signing up indie film clients at the current rate, they could be on their way to filing nearly 30,000 lawsuits by year’s end, which would double the potential cash on the table.

    Anderson notes that Dunlap, Grubb, & Weaver insist that they will seek the maximun $150,000 award, and defendants will incur high costs if they don’t settle. He details futile attempts by defendants to quash the cases.

    While Verizon and Comcast are going along, a possibly more successful quash motion has been filed by Time Warner, saying they just don’t have the resources to keep up with the demand for user identification requests.

    Lastly he details one particular case where the defendant denies any P2P activity and is preparing to go thru the courts.

    • Joly MacFie 1:00 pm on 06/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

      A follow-up from Nate Anderson Songs of Innocence: accused P2P users speak out raises the specter of “Internet Insurance”

    • joly 6:04 pm on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      In a new article today, Anderson notes that Dunlap, Grubb, & Weaver argue that, by virtue of the swarm aspect of BT, all the suits are one big case. The EFF and ACLU had suggested they were “improperly joined”. A hearing on the issue is set for Jun 30.

      In the comments to the article more than one respondent argues that this would indicate the most can be awarded against the 5000 defendents is the statutory maximum $150,000, or $30 each.

      One says:

      If you accept that argument and the John Doe case proceeded to judgment (which of course it won’t), it would result in what’s called joint and several liability, where each defendant is potentially liable for the full amount of the judgment, but there is only one common judgment between them. (i.e. if the judgment is for $1 million, defendant A may be required to pay the full $1, but then defendant B could not also be made to pay $1 million. More likely, the amount would be divided between them.) Now of course, USCG will never take the John Doe case to trial, but will dismiss it and sue individual defendants that don’t take the settlement. This is where it gets interesting though. Because under FCRP rule 22, defendants may file cross-claims against all the other defendants from the John Doe case and join them as co-defendants because they were already established to be part of the same transaction or occurrence. This would force the final judgment to be divided between them, greatly reducing each individual defendant’s share of the damages.

      Thus the same argument the plaintiffs are using here could later be used against them to re-join all the other defendants and limit the amount they could win from any individual defendant.

  • joly 7:23 am on 04/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , p2p, project,   

    Diaspora developers present to ISOC-NY – a “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network” 

    On Feb 5 2010 Eben Moglen challenged the tech community to liberate the world from the shackles of social media conglomerates by developing the “freedom box” – a distributed peer-to-peer equivalent. On Apr 22 2010 four NYU students briefed ISOC-NY on their response to Moglen’s challenge – diaspora – a “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network”. The project went live on kickstarter the next day.

    ogv | mp4 | stills | youtube | mp3 | ogg

  • joly 3:32 am on 02/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: p2p, Tahoe   

    Tahoe-LAFS distributed filesystem 

    Tahoe-LAFS is a p2p filesystem. You pool your spare hard drive space together with that of your friends. This forms a distributed filesystem which endures even if some of your friends’ computers are unreachable. Everything is automatically encrypted, so backing up your files onto the distributed filesystem doesn’t necessarily mean sharing the files with your friends. But, it is easy to share specific files or directories with specific friends.It comes with a command-line interface and a web interface. If you choose, you can allow remote HTTP clients to connect to the web interface. We’ve configured our test grid to do that so that you can take Tahoe-LAFS for a test drive just by clicking here.

    Please try it out and contribute bug reports! We are an all-volunteer project of Free Software hackers in the public interest. We need encouragement, love, and bug reports.

    This looks like some exciting stuff! From the announcement:

    In addition to the core storage system itself, volunteers have developed related projects to integrate it with other tools. These include frontends for Windows, Macintosh, JavaScript, and iPhone, and plugins for Hadoop, bzr, duplicity, TiddlyWiki, and more. As of this release, contributors have added an Android frontend and a working read-only FUSE frontend. See the Related Projects page on the wiki [3].We believe that the combination of erasure coding, strong encryption, Free/Open Source Software and careful engineering make Tahoe-LAFS safer than RAID, removable drive, tape, on-line backup or other Cloud storage systems.

    ANNOUNCING Tahoe, the Least-Authority File System, v1.6 via Boing Boing

  • joly 6:20 pm on 01/21/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , IFPI, p2p   

    “we are heading into a world where copyright has no value..” IFPI report 

    http://www.ifpi.org/content/library/DMR2010.pdf p.21

    “The music industry was hit first, but now with increased broadband you have a situation where all the creative industries are at a tipping point” says Simon Renshaw, Los Angeles-based manager of a long list of major artists including the Dixie Chicks. “You can see it in the collapsing DVD market; you can see what’s going on in TV, newspapers and magazines. And now we’re seeing the same thing in the book publishing business and you’re going to start seeing piracy of novels and reference books.” Renshaw passionately believes that the stakes involved go far wider than the music industry. “What I worry about is that we are heading into a world where copyright has no value and where there’s no incentive for anyone to provide patronage and support for the creators of intellectual property.”

  • joly 2:28 pm on 12/07/2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , p2p, tenenbaum   

    “As it made clear previously, the Court was prepared to consider a more expansive fair use argument than other courts have credited—perhaps one supported by facts specific to this individual and this unique period of rapid technological change. For example, file sharing for the purposes of sampling music prior to purchase or space-shifting to store purchased music more efficiently might offer a compelling case for fair use. Likewise, a defendant who used the new file-sharing networks in the technological interregnum before digital media could be purchased legally, but who later shifted to paid outlets, might also be able to rely on the defense.” via How Team Tenenbaum missed a chance to shape P2P fair use law.
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