Copyright goes Creative and Dark in a day

In one corner we have Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig speaking to LinuxWorld attendees about the Creative Commons license, and in the other we have a political party in Sweden called the Pirate Party establish a commercial darknet that lets anybody send and receive files (including copyrighted material) anonymously without being tracked or traced.

Creative Commons

I’ve met some of the folks over at Creative Commons and fully support their effort to create a new type of copyright law that allows content creators to share their original work with others and for others to legally use our build upon those works with a Creative Commons license.

I like the idea so much that all of the content on this site as well as nearly 8,100 of my photos has a Creative Commons license.

In summary, Creative Commons is good.

Darknet Relakks

Earlier this year (January 2006), The Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) became a new political party in Sweden. The party strives to reform laws regarding intellectual property, including copyright, patent and the protection of design. The party also wants to strengthen the right to privacy.

On Tuesday, the Pirate Party created Relakks, a Swedish broadband subscription service that has the potential to become a large scale commercial darknet.

Typically, a Darknet is a private virtual network where users only connect to people they trust, usually containing fewer than 10 users each. Darknets are file sharing networks where users can share files with each other — sometimes copyrighted files such as mp3s and movies.

The folks over at Relakks think they have developed a secure and legal way for users to communicate with other users anonymously. They do this by giving you a new IP address over a 128-bit encrypted VPN connection between your computer and Internet.

Using Relakks would prevent your existing ISP from intercepting or tracking the applications you use to access the internet or the communication/traffic they create. In short, your ISP wouldn’t know if you were simply checking your email or file swapping Metallica’s songs via Kazaa.

In summary, it just got easier to switch over to the dark side of copyright law.