Hi All,There is nothing wrong or illegal, or unlawful or immoral with file sharing or using peer to peer networks...In fact it is a highly efficient and fast way of sharing information amongst a lot of people at the same time...as long as the material is out of copyright, or permission has been gained from the copyright holder. Fair use entails using some of the copyright material for educational or private or non-commercial purposes.
I am not an expert in international law or any law for that matter, but I doubt very much that any country would have laws which would allow copyrighted material to be distributed for commercial purposes, without the permission, or grant of a licence to do so, by the holder of the copyright, particularly without the owner of the work's permission....If the owner of the work has granted a public license that still usually excludes the work being shared for commercial purposes. The debate may be about whether file sharing of copyright material is a criminal offence, or whether it is for commercial purposes; but it is certainly subject to civil remedies, else there would be no point in having copyright. Large companies buy up copyrights of course and make them into films or exploit them in other ways. Little people like me have neither the time, the inclination or the money to take the big guys to court to protect our copyright in our posts. And, in the UK, the court would not even recognise the claim as it would be considered too small, much like breaches of privacy.
It is not an offence in the USA to publish classified material from a source under the provisions of free speech. In the UK it is illegal, although a defence of "in the public interest" is allowed in court. It is however, illegal for the source who hasn't been given permission to publish or the information hasn't been declassified in both countries.
From my understanding of the ethos or substance of the Cryptome website and list it is there to disseminate and share information which is for an educational and informative and philanthropic purpose rather than as a commercial proposition. No monetary gain is made from Cryptome, it is done very much at the owners expense and the giving up of a great deal of his free time. I don't think it is there to act as a conduit for the sharing of material which can be used for a commercial purpose.
Also, if for instance this list were to continuously advertise peer to peer sharing of copyrighted material, then its credibility amongst that very audience which it seeks to influence or inform may change from those who are interested in its ethos to one for file sharing for commercial reasons.
As I said before, it is of no matter to me what people do...unless it affects me. If I want to go and find out about illegal file sharing, then there are plenty of other lists and websites which are open to me or anyone else.
We certainly have come a long way from mobile phone security... Anarchy reigns...:-). ATB Dougie. On 10/06/14 19:50, Shaun O'Connor wrote: