Where, oh where are the mirrors?

Here is a PDF of the court order I was sent that scared me enough
to take down my mirror of cp4break. I’m currently working with student judicial services here at UT
to get the mirror back up. I may have to get my own lawyer in order to be able to ask the questions
I need to ask, and since I can’t afford one, the big corporations win again. Sigh.

As you may have noticed, overt.org’s DeCSS mirror has folded along with the cp4break mirror.
This removal is because of action taken to contact my school (ISP) by the MPAA via email. After
they were contacted, my site was and account were disabled until I spoke with a site administrators
here on campus, who reinstated my account on order that I not post DeCSS. I might say to UT’s credit
that while some within the school would support me ideologically, they cannot compete with the legal
barrage fired by the MPAA against the program. I’m breathlessly awaiting a final ruling expected this
summer regarding the legality of DeCSS and its distribution.

You can read more about this and other advocacy issues on the advocacy page.

More banned Stuff!

Australia is notorious for their censorship policies against the public, but even I had trouble beliving this one:

“As a result of blatant abuse of political power, the editors of a student newspaper called Rabelais were prosecuted for publishing this article. It is republished here as an act of civil disobedience and an illustration of the appalling reach of Australia’s censorship system.

To the best of my knowledge this page violates no NSW law, nor is it in violation of Sydney University’s Code of Conduct for content providers. The Rabelais issue was classified before the “uniform national scheme” for publications came into effect, and it was classified ‘Restricted Category 1’ in NSW and ‘Refused Classifiction’ in other states. (If this page were classified ‘Refused Classifcation’ in NSW, then it would be in breach of Sydney University’s Code but would still not be in breach of NSW censorship law, which simply doesn’t cover web sites for most materials – Crime Stopper vigilantes please take note!)

This is just luck, however. Even viewing this page is probably an offence in some states of Australia (e.g. Western Australia) and its publication would be an offence in others (e.g. Victoria). And any new legislation is likely to make it illegal here, too. This article is therefore an important test case online as well as for print publications. I am encouraging mirroring of this page, to display the futility of attempting to ban information which is perfectly legal in other countries.”

You can read more about the article here.

Overt’s mirror is here.

Cyber Patrol 4 Hack, etc.

Well, “they” cracked Cyber Patrol 4. Its nice to see another blow land against censorware. As usual, this issue has
been framed by wiser than I, so I point you to some /. articles concerning the case.

The Breaking of Cyber Patrol 4

Mattel Dislikes Being Embarrassed

Mattel/Cyber Patrol Censors Critics Again

Overt was one of the lucky sites to actually get an email from Mattel’s lawyer, just scare tactics, really. Scared me.
The text and attachments of the email are available here.

SETI@Home howto posted; attention turns elsewhere.

I’ve finally gotten around to posting a howto for joining Ship of Fools, and all of the statistics seem to be working alright. I’m now going to start work on a thorough techno-advocacy page, and allowing (authorized) users to post updates to overt. Then I may add what seems to be the only real draw to personal web sites: pictures! Who knows, maybe my IP logs will turn up more than localhost for once…

SETI@Home Individual Statistics available

I know, its been all SETI stuff recently. I have extended the “smart agent” on the Ship of Fools page to obtain information on specific users that is not available on the general team page. Just click on a team member name in the stats table and a windowlet with the all available user stats should appear. I have moved the user information to a small database to facilitate manipulation, but data antiquation shouldn’t be a problem since the statistics are updated from SETI@home each time they are viewed. Beware that the Javascript support of Netscape 4.0x is sketchy at best, and you may have some problems viewing the pop-up windows if you are running this or an earlier version. Please let me know of any bugs you experience; I am more likely the cause than you!

DVD’s, DeCSS, DMCA, MPAA, and Other scary acronyms

Because of the recent fiasco surrounding DVD’s and the MPAA and (De)CSS, You’ll often hear me complain about this injustice or that. Before forming an opinion on the issue, be sure to do a little reading and thinking. Get the skinny on the case from my side and their’s. I won’t try to make the arguments again. Then, (if you choose light and not darkness), help promote my delinquency and grab the source and binaries I’ve mirrored here and here.