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Monday, August 14, 2006

OFF System

Earlier i posted about my dislike of the RIAA and MPAA and the unfortunate decline of torrents, there might be a solution. Enter, the OFF System (Owner-Free Filing system).

The OFF system offers a way to distribute media and avoid copyright issues.

It works on the idea that the data stored on the servers are owner free. No one can claim ownership of it, it is owned by no one.

But how does that work?

Basically, rather than storing files on the server they store data. Data that looks random and is not owned by anyone. Instead of downloading the file you download the random data and a equasion to combine it into an actual file.


So like say someone copyrights the number 5, sure you cant have the number 5 on your server, but what if you offered the numbers 2 and 3 and you happened to add them together to make 5 on your own? They do not have the copy rights for 2 and 3, 4 and 1, 7 and 2, and so on. There are an infinite amount of combinations, subtractions, divisions, that they would have to own.

The example they gave is say you have 4 strings of data,
String A
String B
String C
String D

Now if A combined with B makes a song, say Perfect Situation by Weezer, and A + C = In the End by Linkin Park, who owns A? Does Weezer or Linkin Park? What about if B + D = some other song, who owns B?

They have a OFF client for download, but its in the way Beta right now, so im not sure about the stability.

More info and downloads:
http://offsystem.sourceforge.net/wordpress/?page_id=13

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