Re: napster in a coke can

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 19:04:58 PST

Damien Morton wrote:
> Ok, Ok, so this is a little far fetched, but..
> A store and forward repeater with, say, 75Gig capacity, in a shoebox, in low
> orbit, blasting out MP3s and DIVXs to all and sundry.
> An on-board lottery system allows new material to be uploaded.
> RIAA buys ASATs?

No, they sue whoever launched it. The only way to make a centralized
system like Napster work is to have a company (or person) anonymously
set it up on Havenco. They could sue a John Doe but never collect, and
no possibility to shut down servers since Havenco will give them a big
middle finger.

Even decentralized software makers can be sued under the DMCA if they
meet some fairly basic tests for violations.

Anyone hear what other possible Havenco locations may launch?

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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