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  (Source: Wired's Threat Level)
Firefox extension Linked Users to Same Product at The Pirate Bay

Internet pirates were in for a brief surprise Wednesday: art students from the Netherlands launched “Pirates of the Amazon,” a Firefox extension that linked Amazon.com product pages to their equivalent listing at The Pirate Bay. The following day, however, the website hosting the project took it offline after it received threats from Amazon.com lawyers.

The add-on’s authors are thus far anonymous, identifying themselves only as students of a Media Design M.A. course at a Netherlands-based university. Their website currently describes the project as a “practical experiment on interface design, information access and currently debated issues in media culture.”

“We were surprised by the attentions and the strong reactions this project received,” reads the site. “Ultimately, the value of the project lies in these reactions.”

A description of the add-on before it was taken down said its authors wanted it to be a “counterpart to the current models of media distribution,” and to “redistribute the wealth.”

Indeed, within a day of the add-on’s launch, its authors received a takedown request from Amazon.com’s legal department.

WHOIS records and what appears to be an artzilla.org posting indicate that the domain is held by artist Timo Klok, and that the add-on is to be publicly exhibited at an art festival at the end of next week.

Dslreports.com user “funchords” notes that the add-on retreives the “download 4 free” image from it’s home site, allowing administrators to monitor the extension’s spread through web server logs. It is unknown as to whether or not the add-on was designed with this in mind.

According to TorrentFreak, the add-on’s authors are not affiliated with The Pirate Bay – despite evidence that the add-on’s code transmits its queries to The Pirate Bay under the user-agent string “Pirates-of-the-Amazon”. The DSLreports posting describing this behavior posits that it was simply a “cute thing to do.”

Amazon.com did not respond to repeated request for comment from Wired’s Threat Level.

While the add-on is no longer available from its original page, a working mirror is available from TorrentFreak.



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By gmyx on 12/5/2008 7:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
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If you punish every crime with a life sentence, whether in prison or in the restricted life you allow an ex convict to have, it certainly violates the idea that punishment should fit the crime. It also produces people (neighbors) that have little to loose, because the difference between a life with little future and a life in prison is not that great anymore. This just makes any future punishment so much less of a deterrent.


Ever hear of a pardon. I don't know how long it takes to get one in the USA, but in Canada it's 8 (i think) years minimum depending on the crime. Once you have your pardon, no one can hold it over you head from a job perspective, but your reputation is still there.

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If you punish a young person for life for something that is a one time failure, and certainly not always black and white (How is an ethics code to be interpreted? How a statement of suicidal thoughts?). What you get is a person that has a life long grudge, that can't fulfill his or her potential and is likely at some point to retaliate. I simply think a teaching institution like a university does fail its mission if it acts like this.


Is there only once place in the universe to get an education? Many places will allow someone who has been kicked out a second chance - because there is money to be made. Don't let one incident that may or may not of been properly reported skew your view of education. Many people do not get kicked out for suicidal thought - they get help.

Mental health is a serious issue that needs addressing - one bad example is not the rule.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates











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