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    A friend just e-mailed this to me and I thought ya'll might find it interesting...



    New York Times
    June 2, 2003

    AOL Time Warner is trying to stop the spread of new software released by its
    Nullsoft division, whose founder and lead programmer, Justin Frankel, is
    known for leaking his work onto the Internet and causing headaches for his

    The new program makes it easy for groups of about 50 people to set up
    file-sharing networks that are secure and private. In addition to letting
    users search for and download files, it includes an instant messaging
    feature that could be seen as competition for AOL Instant Messenger, which
    provides AOL with a crucial presence on millions of computer screens.

    The software's documentation says it is designed to allow small business
    groups to collaborate. But encrypted networks are also the next holy grail
    for Internet file-swappers as media companies -- including AOL -- prepare to
    file lawsuits against people who copy music without paying for it by using
    publicly accessible programs like KaZaA.

    Mr. Frankel, 24, went to work for AOL when it bought his four-person
    company, Nullsoft, in 1999 for stock worth $80 million. The author of
    Winamp, software that helped popularize the MP3 music format on the
    Internet, Mr. Frankel has seemed intent on retaining his hacker credibility
    even while working for one of the world's largest media conglomerates.

    The release of the new program late Wednesday night on the Nullsoft Web site
    echoed the release in March 2000 of Gnutella, designed by Mr. Frankel and
    his team, which was available on the Nullsoft site for a few hours in March
    2000 before AOL removed it.

    With Napster mired in litigation, Gnutella provided a framework that
    developers used to build a system that could mimic Napster's functions
    without a central server, thus making it almost impossible to shut down.
    Gnutella and its clones are now widely used to trade, among other things,
    movies and music from AOL's entertainment divisions.

    Mr. Frankel and his team later developed a free add-on to the Winamp player
    that searched the Web for MP3 files. AOL quickly removed that project from
    the Nullsoft site, too.

    Nullsoft then released AIMazing, software to replace banner advertising on
    AOL's instant messenger with images of sound waves and music. It remains
    available on the Web, though not on the Nullsoft site.

    Mr. Frankel, who lists his title as "benevolent dictator" of the Nullsoft
    team, is a bit of a self-styled rebel, once proclaiming in his public weblog
    that he needs to continue doing things that are "cool." But he has been
    largely silent since the Gnutella episode, which came just as AOL was
    merging with Time Warner.

    The Nullsoft team's wishful description of themselves online as "legitimate
    nihilistic media terrorists" (the company name is a jab at Microsoft) also
    appears to have vanished.

    Their new program is called Waste, in an apparent allusion to the
    underground postal system that allowed people to evade the authorities in
    the Thomas Pynchon novel "The Crying of Lot 49." Its release as a free
    download, complete with the underlying source code, elicited cheers from Mr.
    Frankel's Internet fans.

    In a message to an Internet discussion list he runs on the convergence of
    entertainment and technology, John Parres suggested that Mr. Frankel's aim
    was not to facilitate copyright infringement but free speech. "Justin is a
    21st century code warrior freedom fighter," he wrote.

    Whatever Mr. Frankel's cause, AOL was anything but enthusiastic. Less than
    24 hours after the new program was released, the company pulled it from the
    Nullosft site. On Friday evening, it posted a stern warning informing anyone
    who had obtained a copy that the release had not been authorized.

    "You acquired no lawful rights to the software and must destroy any and all
    copies of the software, including by deleting it from your computer," the
    notice reads. "Any license that you may believe you acquired with the
    software is void, revoked and terminated."

    Some critics suggested that the program's developers may not have cleared
    all the rights to the encryption technology they used, or may lack the
    export license required for many encryption products.

    An AOL spokeswoman said the company had no further comment. Mr. Frankel did
    not respond to e-mail or phone messages.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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  3. File Sharing   -   #2
    This guy is genius, I can't believe he's at it again after what happened with Gnutellium, anyone know where to find this.

  4. File Sharing   -   #3
    I found a copy just by doing a google search, and when i connected etc, apparently no one else had (or more likely, because i had no idea what to do with the prog) but it&#39;s a tiny file, about 169k or something&#33; You have to generate signatures etc to make it secure and a load of other crap similiar to that&#33; But where exactly did i get it > << that&#39;s where&#33; This page includes the source code also&#33; Do have fun&#33;

  5. File Sharing   -   #4
    Very interesting, maybe something to come, although it does say trusted users can sniff the lines, though it could be very usefull amongst people who know each other, may be a better use that ftp or the like.

  6. File Sharing   -   #5
    I say good for the guy. He knows where AOL can go stick themselves (in my opinion), even if he does work for them. I say Freeserve 4eva&#33; this is 1 of the cheekiest and funniest guys i know of. if he keeps doin this he might just topple aol with annoyance...


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