milestones: NY Times and Coral
- This group came into being four and a half years ago, at a time when
mainstream news outlets consistently took the line that copyright is
property. So it's remarkable to see this editorial in the NY Times today,
showing that the points we all worked out back then are finally making it
to the mainstream:
The legal battles over file-sharing are usually construed as a fight over
intellectual property rights, plain and simple. ... But the broader
issue is the distribution of information. ... These are thorny issues
indeed. Freedom of information is at the root of American democracy, and
yet every day we see that freedom being compromised, controlled and
limited. The Grokster decision is a ruling in favor of keeping our bets
open about which technologies will turn out to serve our freedoms best.
A related data point is that, last week, Coral went live with an HTTP
gateway into DHT space, and aside from minor bugs worked well. At the
time this group and community were most active, we were so aware of the
possibility of what Coral has done that we considered it a fact. But
that's not true -- it took years.
So this post is to mark the amount of time it really took, and also to
celebrate the fact that it did happen in the end. A toast, I guess.