BitTorrent Whiz Extolled Piracy?
By Katie Dean and Kevin Poulsen, 02:00 AM Jun. 30, 2005 PT
BitTorrent programmer Bram Cohen may be in legal jeopardy after the discovery on Wednesday of an old agenda buried on his website saying he creates programs to "commit digital piracy."
The polemic would have been of little interest a week ago. But on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the intent behind a file-sharing program can be a decisive factor in determining whether the creator can be sued for its users' copyright infringement.
Cohen said the agenda was written years before he started work on BitTorrent, and that it was written as a parody of other manifestos.
"I wrote that in 1999, and I didn't even start working on BitTorrent until 2001," Cohen said. "I find it really unpleasant that I even have to worry about it."
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