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February 27, 2005

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Or peer-to-peer file-sharing software [Susan Crawford]. (Obscure SNL reference here.)

Update: For more on the obligation to develop "responsible" software, see Seth Schoen's TV-Anytime Hubris [Deep Links].

Update#2: ...and this comment from a student in Pam Samuelson's course on "The Challenge of P2P": "I wonder if these two had constructive knowledge of infringement ;)."

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1. Neo on February 27, 2005 1:36 PM writes...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/16/technology/16internet.html

That link doesn't work for me. I assume it's supposed to be an article that makes clear what "these two" are. It's not. It's a login page.

Please don't link to members-only content. Not everyone reading will be a member, nor will they all be willing to pay, sign up for a load of spam, give away personal info, and/or jump through whatever other hoops are necessary to become one.

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2. Donna on February 27, 2005 1:40 PM writes...

Here's one that'll work: http://www.thestandard.com/internetnews/000987.php

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3. Baralier on February 27, 2005 7:03 PM writes...

To "Neo"

The New york Times (among many other online newspapers) has required registration for over a year now.

It prompted the creation of http://www.bugmenot.com to give passwords out to those who don't want to register. Worth having a look.

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4. Neo on February 27, 2005 8:46 PM writes...

Oh, great. So you can sign up with either of two faceless websites with who knows what side effects, instead of having only one to choose from. Like that's a big improvement.

What do sites get out of this nonsense? The ones that don't want money that is. They get what, a valid email to spam that is probably read for exactly 5 minutes until the confirmation mail arrives and then never again, some personal info to sell to more spammers, and complete and utter exclusion from being linked to by Google, the biggest source of referrals a webmaster can ever hope for; people avoiding them like the plague because of the nuisance factor; added maintenance hassle; smart alecks signing up with phony personal info they can't sell for much anyway ... I don't see the profit in it. It annoys people and drives people away and there's nothing much to gain that anoynmous usage statistics their web server gathers anyway wouldn't get them.

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5. Branko Collin on February 28, 2005 4:57 PM writes...

Neo, which two websites are you referring to? Neither the The Standard page nor Bugmenot require "signing up", as far as I can tell.

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6. Baralier on March 7, 2005 7:22 AM writes...

Neo: "Oh, great. So you can sign up with either of two faceless websites with who knows what side effects, instead of having only one to choose from."

Good to see you're checking things before whinging again. Bugmenot doesn't require you to sign in, or give an email address or anything else. It's precisely BECAUSE of all the places requiring this that it was created. I offers login IDs to those online news sites who require it like the NYT without you having to submit any information of your own. Read http://www.bugmenot.com/faq.php

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