In the middle of the war between P2P web sites and anti-piracy movement, a professor from NYU, David Dart, created a different file sharing network concept; the PirateBox.
PirateBox is a wireless network that doesn’t link to the Internet in order to prevent tracking and preserve users privacy. Users can connect to the network locally through a wireless router and anonymously share digital contents within the range of the device.
Professor Dart answered the question: “Does the PirateBox promotes stealing?”
“No. The PirateBox is designed to facilitate sharing which, by definition, is the opposite of stealing…However, the history of Copyright reveals that Copyright was never really about paying artists for their work but was instead designed by and for publishers….Prohibiting people from freely sharing and remixing information and culture serves no one’s interests but thepublishers.”
Here is the introduction video (no voice over).
The solution is good for dorms, libraries, and other places where people with potentially same interests gather. You can create your own PirateBox. It is registered under the Free Art License (FAL1.3) that grants the right to freely copy, distribute, and transform creative works according to the principle of copyleft. The network can be built for around $100. You can read more about Pirate Box here.
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