From: "the terminal of Geoff Goodfellow" <geoff () iconia com>
To: "Dave E-mail Pamphleteer Farber" <farber () cis upenn edu>
The Concept of Copyright Fights for Internet Survival
By JOHN MARKOFF
The New York Times
While American courts struggle over the recording industry's challenge to
digital music swapping, Ian Clarke, a 23-year-old Irish programmer, is moving
on to the next battleground. He is finishing a program that he says will make
it impossible to control the traffic in any kind of digital information --
whether it is music, video, text or software.
His program, known as Freenet, is intended to make it possible to acquire or
exchange such material anonymously while frustrating any attempt to remove the
information from the Internet or determine its source.
Mr. Clarke and his group of programmers have deliberately set themselves on a
collision course with the world's copyright laws. They express the hope that
the clash over copyright enforcement in cyberspace will produce a world in
which all information is freely shared. In any case, the new programs could
change the basic terms of the discussion about intellectual property.