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What's the plan?

Current and in-progress laws in the USA have made it illegal for people in other countries to publish certain kinds of information and computer programs to the USA. The California DeCSS lawsuit includes a German defendant, who has never been to the US and published things on his website in Germany; Dmitry Sklyarov has been jailed and is currently facing trial in California because he wrote a piece of software in Russia ... software which is required to be available under Russian law!

This would mean that because of this US law, either the rest of the world would have to stop publishing perfectly legal information and software, or this information needs to be published only to the rest of the world, and not to the USA.

This site will feature an archive of information and software with access control in place so citizens and residents of the USA will not be able to download the software. This way the rest of the world does not have to suffer US law and useful information will not be lost.

What kind of software are you going to host here?

First, lets start by making clear this site is not just for software, but for all kinds of useful information. This could include things like: security information, cryptographic research, programs for the manipulation of patented or reverse engineered data formats (never mind that only processes can be patented and data format patents aren't legal in the first place) and possibly reverse engineering tools.

Why are you doing this?

The reason for this site is two-fold. First, the new laws in the US would make it illegal for us to publish useful information and software. This would mean that we would no longer have access to useful things which are fully legal where we live. This site is meant as a way to let us continue to have access to this software, without getting into legal trouble. A secondary effect is motivating US citizens to get their law changed so the US will, once again, be The land of the free...

Shouldn't the US implement this censorship itself?

Absolutely, if the USA forbids their citizens access to certain kinds of information, they should implement that censorship system themselves, just like the Chinese government and many others have done. However, this is not something we expect to happen any time soon, since it's much easier for the US government and industry to just start lawsuits against foreign individuals or arrest them when they enter the US. Because of this we've found it necessary to implement the US censorship program on the server side...

But you're hitting US citizens who agree with you...

True, the measures on this site hit US citizens, people who most likely don't agree with the DMCA and who don't think anything wrong with the contents of this site. However, as Dmitry Sklyarov's arrest has shown us, keeping up the status quo hurts innocent people in a very bad way.

If you're a US citizen and you are hurt because the DMCA doesn't allow you access to the information on this site, you should realise that you live in a Republic where The People are the Boss and it's time for you to change the law so that you aren't hurt by it. Don't expect us to take the risk of going to jail because of a law which is inconveniencing you but write your congressmen instead...

I'm a US citizen, but why would I care?
The DMCA is only enforced against criminals, right?

First they came for the Communists,
    and I didn't speak up,
        because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak up,
        because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak up,
        because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
    and by that time there was no one
        left to speak up for me.
by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

How can I place things in the archive?

You can suggest items to us by email and if we like it we will place it on the site. Note that we will not place anything which is of questionable legal nature in the European Union, since we don't want to get into any legal trouble whatsoever.

Who will know that _you_ perused this site?

Only a legal power of the EU memberstates' jurisdiction where this server resides who can produce a "Court Order" to get our logfiles or the traffic logfiles which Internet Service Providers are legally obliged to keep for any period of time, to be set by any EU memberstates' jurisdiction individually.

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Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.