On Thu, Aug 05, 2004 at 01:00:22AM +0100, Ian Clarke wrote:
> On 4 Aug 2004, at 19:35, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> >They do have a choice, nothing is forcing them to run freenet.
> 
> Shaky logic.  Nothing is forcing postmen to work for the USPS, yet if 
> it were to be found that a postman had unknowingly transported drugs it 
> is unlikely that they could successfully be accused of willful 
> ignorance because they chose to work for a service that does look 
> inside all of the mail it transports.
> 
> IANAL (BIKAF), but I would expect that for ignorance to be willful it 
> can't be a side-effect of a goal, it must be a goal in itself.  There 
> are plenty of reasons why someone might want to use Freenet other than 
> obtaining illegal content.

The problem is that ignorance is indeed a goal in itself on Freenet.
It's part of its very basic design features.
> 
> >It doesn't matter that they can't see exactly what their node is 
> >doing, but only the fact that they know what their node is probably 
> >doing.
> >If someone gives you a package in Mexico and ask you to carry it 
> >across the boarder.  You do so and customs finds it full of drugs.  It 
> >doesn't matter that you didn't see what was in there or even if it was 
> >locked and you couldn't see what was in there.  All that matters is 
> >that a reasonable person would know what's in there.
> 
> Really?  I suspect there are at least thousands of postal workers who 
> deliver packages from Mexico to the US without opening them every day, 
> are you suggesting that they could all be arrested?
> 
> Ian.
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Matthew J Toseland - [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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ICTHUS - Nothing is impossible. Our Boss says so.

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