Every time Governments legislate against or big business
prosecutes against file sharing, internet users find a new way to circumvent
and continue their activities.
As there are more Internet Geeks than enforcement officials,
this is hardly surprising.
Sometime ago I predicted to Chris that if the “powers that
be” continued raining down hellfire and brimstone on all the file sharers then
the file sharers would take the whole operation totally underground.
Chris asked me if that meant encrypted private networks and
I replied, no, it means community WiFi.
802.11a/b/g grade WiFi connections are not known as the best
methodology for connecting high speed networks suitable for viewing videos,
however the new “n” and the new wimax 802.16e will change the viability of local
But even those using b/g can with the right antennas still
obtain reception upto
88.7km (55.1 miles) making WiFi (set-up by geeks) in the community an
obvious next step in the propagation of sharing person to person.
At the very least home users who want to extend their b/g
802.11 range might consider this
(good for about 600-900 metres) or to connect to other WiFi networks, this
(upto about 4 km but directional)
Consumer pushback against the copyright enforcers is
starting to become organized in a way similar to resistance units in the second
Small cells totally independent of each other and not
reliant on a central network that can be filtered, intercepted or interdicted.
It would seem that the next foray against the media corporate
world is the P2P Kiosk.
Located in Weimar, Germany,
The Pirate Kiosk announced the other day that they were open
A real kiosk designed to act as an index site and to
facilitate OFFNET file sharing (that’s file sharing with NO INTERNET”).
Yes it’s a real Kiosk. To see it in action, view movie at
bottom of this article.
And here’s the announcements…..
Dear users and abusers, dear Elders of the Internet,
the Kiosk of Piracy is proud to announce the launch of
“The Pirate Kiosk”! From last night own, a copy of the infamous Pirate
Bay is available to the public, but – here comes the catch – offline-only.
Yes, offline, the Kiosk is not connected to the Internet in any way, but the
interested public is invited to use the service in a wifi-radius around
With our newest project, we are joining the work of the
dear people and groups which managed to duplicate the contents of The Pirate
Bay on other places
in the Net. We want to show in a very physical way that the Internet is neither
a machine nor controllable in any way – it is just a system of agreements which
work in any circumstances. We don’t need the Internet – the magic can happen
The Pirate Kiosk features a webinterface similar to it’s
online brother (reachable under http://kioskofpiracy.org – IF you are in wifi
range), a tracker
service (under http://tracker.kioskofpiracy.org:6969), a growing backup of most
of the Bay’s .torrent
files and the ability to upload files which will be added to the
Pirate Kiosk at the Kiosk of Piracy based at the Sophienstiftsplatz
serves .torrents with the following Tracker-URLs:
http://tracker.kioskofpiracy.org:6969/annouce - offline tracker url in the
local WLAN “kioskofpiracy.org”
http://denis.stalker.h3q.com:6969/announce – #NoComment
http://tracker.thepiratebay.org:80/announce – 4 teh lulz
http://tracker.openbittorrent.com/announce – oO #omg #wtf
What does it mean? After downloading a .torrent from The
Pirate Kiosk, you are able to share your pirated content on a local space in Weimar
with your friends or share over teh internetz with your 10 million best-buddy
And of course… the Youtube test of the service.
For those wishing to duplicate this community service in
their own local wireless, the TPK enthusiasts have supplied a DIY instruction
set – here.
The RIAA and their lobbyists created a new game. It was
called “Us versus the Internet”.
Well, the game results are in…
RIAA Guys? You lost.
Government guys? It’s all over.
Non RIAA Content guys? It’s all over.
Whilst “it” (file-sharing) was on the internet – you had a
chance to make money out of P2P – had you hired someone that knew what they
were doing – however, if it’s not going to be on the internet, well then I
guess the game is over……….
You can all pack up your lawyers and investigators and go
home, because as a geek, I don’t know of any way of interdicting or
infiltrating an encrypted 192.168.0.0 network over limited range wireless.
Right now the online kiosk population appears to be one. RIAA, and all content industries and Government lobbyists. If you don't back off, I don't think the population will stay at one.
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