On Thu, 1 Feb 2007, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeremy Faulkner" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Ted Mittelstaedt" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Cc: "Eric Hildebrandt" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: FreeBSD Torrent Server

On 1/31/07, Ted Mittelstaedt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:


FreeBSD isn't commercial software, there's no need to go through
all the hocus pocus to conceal the uploader so the RIAA doesen't
sue him.  Standard FTP works perfectly fine at any of the mirror sites,
and you will get your ISO no slower.


Bittorrent does nothing to conceal the uploader's identity.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of Amarica) doesn't give a
damn about the piracy of commercial software, the RIAA cares about the
piracy of music distributed by their member companies. <opinion>The
RIAA exists to be the bully for their member companies and to draw the
negative public relations away from those member companies.</opinion>

Which is exactly why I cannot understand why anyone would want to
use bittorrent to legitimately distribute anything.  Why use a service that
the RIAA is actively attacking, because such service is being used to
illegally distribute pirated music?

Uhm, the RIAA / MPAA would be retards to track this sort of information--it 
only would reduce their efficiency.

Thinking that torrents are being used solely to transmit illegal data is a 
misnomer and incorrect train of thought. There are a number of opensource 
projects that use torrents to distribute data, just because it exists and it's 
another means to distributing the data's end.

It's called guilt by association.

No. That's your take on the situation and other group's take on the situation, 
which isn't always correct.

The FreeBSD Beastie was struck from his position as logo for FreeBSD
for some EXTREMELY minor controversy surrounding religions icons.
Well, using  a Devil image didn't pirate anyone software or break a law.
Yet Beastie was axed for exactly the same "guilt by association" reasons.

That's a different can of worms--the BSD symbol is religious symbolism vs whereas 
torrents and soft "ware" licenses are ethical issues.

It seems to be EXTREMELY hipocritical to on one hand, strike out Beastie
for some morons based on a guilt by association reason, then on the other
hand turn a blind eye to the guilt by association of using a service,
that is extremely heavily used for distribution of pirated software and
to distribute FreeBSD.

Read above comments.


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