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[REBOL] Re: REBster

From: thundrebol:yaho:o at: 10-May-2001 12:52

A P2P-like file sharing system in REBOL is a neat idea, but it could be risky from a legal standpoint. If the application includes the ability to circumvent music (and/or software)copyright laws, apart from your own skin, I'd be concerned that REBOL Technologies might be exposed to a nasty lawsuit. It's a crusade that RT probably doesn't want to get mixed up in right now. It's not unusual that the music industry would try to implicate RT on the grounds that "it specifically enabled" the illegal activity. I can hear it now: Your Honor, we would not be here today if not for REBOL Technologies' blatant disregard for copyright laws. The fact is, in putting networking technology well within range of the average computer user, REBOL Technologies made it far easier to build illegal messaging applications than any other product in history. **And yet they did nothing to stop it.** All kidding aside, I'd avoid anything that could end up diverting time/resources from RT. If you build a Napster clone, make sure you confine it to the lab until you can implement the key security features. Also, the name "REBster", being a play on "Napster", isn't a great strategy if you hope to avoid controversy. I realize I'm advocating a position that may not be popular. Right or wrong, though, I'd prefer that RT keeps its money tied up in software engineers rather than legal defense. //Ed --- Ryan Cole <[ryanc--iesco-dms--com]> wrote: