On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM, Brad Jorsch (Anomie)
On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM, Ting Chen
> Files and contents that let's say are legal in the EU but not in the US
> should of the be able to be stored on a server located in the EU and
> distributed and operated from there. Files and contents that are legal in
> PRC and Taiwan and may violate copy right law in the US should be able to
> be stored in a server say in Taiwan or Hongkong and be distributed from
> there into the world. This approach is meanwhile technical viable and is
> used by almost all major international internet providers today.
As I recall, the problem with this suggestion is that
it wouldn't actually
work that way.
Something like this could work.
For material that's illegal in the US but legal in
MediaWiki could be designed to more flexibly look for material from
multiple sources. This can be host-neutral.
the US branch would be sued despite the material being
hosted in the EU.
if it did work, the individual contributors would
still probably have to
watch out for liability.
There are problems to overcome.
As we have seen, people are sometimes sued even where there is no
legal case against them. And sometimes the Internet itself is
challenged, ISPs are pressured to change their policies, over content
issues. But if you live in a country where a file is legal to copy
and share online, and you copy it to a server/website in that country
while correctly indicating its (c) status, it is difficult to find
fault with that.
How these local websites interact with one another, or with
international requests for geo-blocking, or with client readers and
international websites that help aggregate their contents, is a
A properly designed distributed system could go a long way towards
addressing some of the issues noted above. And in the long run this
would make the projects more robust against certain attacks that (even
with multiple server farms) we are currently vulnerable to. Thanks,
Ting, for starting this thread.