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“Yes Men” Using BitTorrent to Avoid Censorship

Ernesto at TorrentFreak has news of the latest with the duo who most recently drew unfortunate attention from the US Chamber of Commerce in response to them hijacking a press conference. I am surprised they didn’t try this sooner as the popular p2p technology has proven resistant to take downs, especially with the actions of the high profile Pirate Bay.

More specifically, the activists are using VODO, a BitTorrent powered platform that hooks into a variety of high profile channels including Lime Wire and The Pirate Bay. Being able to reach a larger audience than those already savvy with BitTorrent itself will help in their fund raising efforts for current and future projects.

“There are a few reasons why we chose BitTorrent. First off, it’s a way to avoid censorship,” Mike Bonanno told TorrentFreak. “This version includes video of an action against the US Chamber of Commerce that we are being sued for. No commercial outlets will touch it. We had a TV show scheduled on Planet Green and their lawyers nearly wet themselves when they heard we wanted to use footage of us making political mince-meant out of the largest lobbying organization in the world.”

Ernesto goes much deeper into the Yes Men’s views on distribution, piracy and the “copyright mafia”. Well worth a read and food for thought when consider the free speech burden that copyright and the current media distribution models impose.

“Yes Men” Use BitTorrent to Avoid Censorship, TorrentFreak

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