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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Dutch Tax agency closes portals

Dutch Tax agency Fiod.EDC in cooperation with Stichting Brein yesterday closed down two portals and arrested 8 people of Shareconnector.com en Releases4U.com for providing links to illegal software. Here's why they think they're allowed to. After cases in the U.S where users of peer-to-peer services like Napster, eDonkey, Limewire and others where convicted for possession of illegal software, music and films and fined with huge sums, it seems the witch hunt is on in Holland too. Whatever happened to a free Internet and sharing I wonder? Is simply linking now illegal too? And what does that mean for blogs? Even Microsoft is heavily into blogging now....Seems to me we're all gonna convert to Open Source pretty soon. Ceo of Linspire today offered their services to the Dutch government.. it saves them 144 mil compared to the current Microsoft offer.

2 Comments:

  • Thou shallt not copy stuff because bad things will happen.
    Da vinci code: This is part of a government campaign to have primairily dutch programmers to invent the next P2P wave. Like Edwin did with fasttrack. See innovatie platform.

    By Blogger Bram, at 3:41 pm  

  • Server Client models (even Suprnova for BitTorrent tracking) have that obvious Napster flaw. They make money on somebody else's illegal copying. I think the future wil look more like ANTS and MUTE.


    From MUTE Website: Data transmission on the Internet simply works by revealing one's IP address, and there is no such thing as "caller ID blocking" so BREIN can track it just as everybody else.

    The main way that MUTE protects your privacy is by avoiding direct connections between downloaders and uploaders. Though you know the Internet addresses of your neighbors, you do not know the Internet address of the node you are downloading from. And BREIN will not.

    http://mute-net.sourceforge.net/howPrivacy.shtml

    By Blogger Bram, at 3:36 pm  

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