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NY Times: The Concept of Copyright Fights for Internet Survival

May 11, 2000, 07:32 (1 Talkback[s])

"While American courts struggle over the recording industry's challenge to digital music swapping, Ian Clarke, a 23-year-old Irish programmer, is moving on to the next battleground. He is finishing a program that he says will make it impossible to control the traffic in any kind of digital information -- whether it is music, video, text or software."

"His program, known as Freenet, is intended to make it possible to acquire or exchange such material anonymously while frustrating any attempt to remove the information from the Internet or determine its source...."

"Mr. Clarke said he was confident that corporations trying to develop complex technologies to encrypt information or otherwise halt the free sharing of computer data would ultimately fail. "I have two words for these companies: give up," he said. "There is no way they are going to stop these technologies. They are trying to plug holes in a dam that is about to burst."

"That attitude, plus the fact that millions of users have come to rely on easy access to digital information via the Internet, suggests that the issue may quickly outstrip the current debate over copyright infringement between the recording industry association and a variety of Internet music distributors."

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