Looking for hero hacker ?
Michael Polák ( )
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Well, many people think that Jon Johansen,
author of DeCSS utility, which lets
you to play DVD on any platform including
Linux, and later to compress them on
conventional CD-ROM using DivX, is
very close to becoming real hero of
all hackers and crackers...
Article in Wired News mentions many interesting
facts, including the one, that police has seized
all electronic devices owned by Jon Johansen, including his cellphone charger - well, this is the only piece of equipment that police has already returned to him ;-).
If you are looking for some hero-hacker to admire, Jon
Johansen will definitely fit your needs ;-) And I think it
is ok: what he has done is really intellectual challenge
for entire civilisation, not a crime.
Now, e-zine 2600
is going to be sued by Hollywood for spreading the source code of DeCSS utility. Electronic Frontier Foundation is going pay legal fees for 2600.
Now, let me explain what is my personal definition of
intellectual property piracy: it is activity, when you
make unfair profit selling copies of certain information,
with profit ending in your own pocket. Consumer of the information pays some money, but the original author of the information doesn't get reqrded. This is what is real
music, movie or software piracy, and I don't feel very
sorry for people who pirate information for profit.
The story of MP3 files, DVD hacks, Napster, Scour, Gnutella,
Freenet, etc. is VERY DIFFERENT. What they do, is free transfer of information. Compared to them, all the recording
and entertainment industry are pirates themselves! Internet
is chance for artists to distribute their work independently
all over the world - no "entertainment industry" will be needed anymore, everyone will be allowed to become a "hero just for one day". World doesn't really need any superstars
making bazillions of dollars, and hackers are just catalysing this change...
Ok - I don't think, that from a long term view, unauthorized
access and copying of information, which was designed just
to entertain masses, is big deal. We should rather concentrate on ways how to compete Holywood, rather then pirate it - find some ways, how to support independent artists, and make their work available on Internet perfectly legally and with their permission. Arachne Labs already started certain project for independent Czech musicians, which is planning to distribute income from advertising banners to those artists, who have induced it. It is in very early phase of development now, but it cannot really fail - it is not dependent on venture capital or money from stock exchange. We cannot really fail or bankrupt - we can just get better...
Personaly, I appreciate what people like Jon Johansen
are doing - but you can damage big corporations even more,
if you show everyone, how these corporations are in
fact weak, stupid, useless and incapable of real inovation: this is what Linus Thorvalds managed to do with Linux, and Richard Stallman with GNU C compiler. They haven't pirated
existing software - their wrote their own.
Now, I am waiting for independent application software programmers, musicians, book writers and film makers to find some way how to follow them... watching Hollywoods moovies
on computer screen is cool, but what about trying to make
your own movie and offer it for download ?
I have certain ideas about what is going to be done by someone. Let's say, that special computer tricks used to require very expensive equipment, which no independent artist could afford. But think about distributed computing - forget about RC5 crack, look at Popular Power for more contemporary example. Using distributed
network rendering, internet movie makers can create just
unlimited special effects... and again, movie making
team can be spreaded all over the world, which can result
in scenes of different exotic landscapes to appear in the movie, without need for anyone to travel just a single mile.
Internet allows such powerful concepts as homeworking, and
no corporation, forcing their employees to go to the work
every day, can really compete this. BTW, if you are interested in making such global movie, you can write me
an e-mail (but I will not have enough time or equipment to participate in such project until end of this year). BTW, Arachne Labs all already funding simillar project, Radio 16, which allows many different home studios
from all over the Czech Republic (but theoreticaly all over
the world) to become temporary sources of single, permanent
MP3 stream, with permanent address for end listeners, permanent homepage, etc. This gives us chance to offer
acutally much better content, than old-fashioned centralized
studios. The effect is reverse to classical media: they
spreaded information from single central point to many
targets. Our new media won't have any central source: they
will rather result in democratic distributon of broadcasting time among anyone willing to broadcast.
I am going to post also comment about latest plans of Microsoft to deploy their Microsoft.NET. Latest news resembles George Orwell's "1984" vision - cameras connected
to Microsoft.NET will watch all your actions ;-) I am going
to post separate articles with some links.
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