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by Franki

One of the things that for some strange reason seems to impress programmers is writing a program that achieves a specific goal in as few lines of code as possible. To that end, a gentleman by the name of Matthew Skala has written a peer to peer file sharing program in just 9 lines of Perl code.

The idea of this and another such program written in 15 lines of Python is to demonstrate that there is no real way the movie and record companies can stop peer to peer file trading using litigation, because any moderately accomplished programmer can knock one up themselves.


See about the Perl version here, the Python version here, and Slashdot coverage here.

This reminds me so much of when there were T-shirts being sold with the Perl code required to descramble DVD’s printed on them. It seems that anything Hollywood or one of the companies working to their benefit comes up with, ends up being broken in less code then will fit on a T-shirt. I love it. 🙂 I don’t object to protection of copyright material, but I do object to DRM being used to remove fair use rights we’ve have had all the way though the cassette and VCR eras.

Franki








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