Next Big Thing – guerilla filesharing

No more internet filesharing. The future is on the streets

What’s wrong with LimeWire?

It’s just been shut down. It got into a fight with the American music industry and lost. Badly. Where Napster and Kazaa once trod, LimeWire has followed.

Too bad for people using it for legal filesharing

Yep – and for the more general freedom of the web. It spells a murky end for BitTorrent filesharing as well. Governments are getting cranky at the behest of the music and film industries. We’ve already seen The Pirate Bay take a wobble in court, and it won’t be the last legal action fired at the torrenting massive.

So now what?

If you can’t beat ‘em, beat ‘em. That’s the ethos of Berlin-based artist Aram Bartholl, who’s embedded USB sticks in walls and kerbs around New York. Calling them “Dead Drops”, he says they’re “an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer filesharing network in public space.”

Sticking it to the man, eh?

Well, more sticking it to the wall, but if all else fails and you want to make your own work publicly hosted, this may one day be your only option. It’s not exactly handy, but that’s sort of the point being made.

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