Modern Art: $5 Million Worth Of Unauthorized Downloads On A Hard Drive On Display

from the can't-be-too-many-songs dept

TheNextWeb has an amusing story about a new art exhibit, called 5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte which is, of course, merely a hard drive with some unauthorized downloads on it. There's apparently a pdf file that lists out what's on the hard drive, but as with the author of the article, I was unable to get it to open. Of course, given how the industry seems to value "infringement" these days, I would imagine it doesn't need that many files to reach $5 million.


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    Crosbie Fitch (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 1:26am

    The Total Music Vortex is nigh

    I'm reminded of The Total Music Vortex. These things 'worth $5m' are soon going to be traded on the black market for $5.

     

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      Still a Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 1:59am

      Re: The Total Music Vortex is nigh

      I wish I could (Legally) have the entire culture and scientific collection of humanity on a pen-drive for my keyring.

       

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        Crosbie Fitch (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:04am

        Re: Re: The Total Music Vortex is nigh

        Aaron Swartz would sympathise. A pity it's still illegal to share mankind's knowledge, or be found loitering in a library with intent to do so: qv http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/07/reddit-founder-arrested-for-excessive-jstor-download s.ars

         

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          Still a Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:20am

          Re: Re: Re: The Total Music Vortex is nigh

          When I am doing research-type stuff, CRTL-F is by far my best friend when trying to search multiple electronic copies of books.

          I remember that article. *Sigh* Scientific journals. I really wonder where all the money goes that they require.

          Scientists (etc) submit papers for free, other scientists then review papers for free, Journal charges money.

          Scientists use their submissions and editor status to try and get public or industry (and son on)funding for their research.

          I think a UK body is trying to start a more reasonable setup. Unfortunately the current journals have high impact factors/pretty entrenched so it can seriously impede young researchers, with limited (or no) papers to their names, taking a risk submitting to practically unknown journals.

           

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            infinidiv (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 4:43am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: The Total Music Vortex is nigh

            I completely agree on those issues, luckily though the open access community is really growing. I remember talking to some people 1-2 years ago and having them disagree completely with my belief that open access would take off and likely overtake any but the very best journals. Lo and behold PLOS is now one of the biggest and I think their idea of publishing all well done research (in PLOS One and letting the commentaries and ratings decide what is most relevant) is going to replace the old system pretty soon... just have to wait for the non-internet generation to retire ;)

             

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              Still a Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 5:30am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The Total Music Vortex is nigh

              Wandering over to the PLOS One website. I really like the open source possibility of research, now we just need to get everyone on a "sci-twitter" so people can get answers to experimental problems on the fly :)

              I have to agree that the non-internet generation do hold up progress (somewhat) with regards to new innovations while select members embrace it wholeheartedly.

              I can see social networking etc being particularly important with regards to informing the non-scientific public after different issues. Mostly newspapers and tabloid aren't really qualified to explain new research, giving a case of Chinese whispers and lowered public trust in the scientific (etc) community.

               

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              Werner Van Belle, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 4:31pm

              Re: A little rant against open access

              I really don't understand why people need things like 'open access'. Just publish your own stuff on your own site and keep the bloody copyright. After spending decades _paying_ journals to publish articles, it would be very unwise now to play in their hands again an embrace this 'open access' nonsense because now they can take your (or any other open accessed) work and advertise next to it, without your consent. I believe the better strategy for researchers to be:

              a- keep the copyright over your own work
              b- publish it on your own website. Don't bother going through journals
              c- prohibit the university (state funded body) from asserting intellectual property (so called) rights.

              PS: these crude ideas were crystalized after spending 10 years in various research centra and I tell you: there is no hope for universities. They are filled with politics, not with content. They don't create ideas, they inventorize them (badly) and the egos of the groupleaders are in inverse proportion to their value.

               

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    Shane C (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:03am

    Contents of the PDF file.

    It opens up fine in Ubuntu's Document Viewer:


    "5 Million Dollars 1 Terrabyte"                                      
    Contents                         Dowload Link               File Size Value      
    Adobe Font Collection           ht tp://tinyurl.com/3qa6qzg    .069GB      20,000
    Adobe Creative Suite PC         http://tinyurl.com/3 cs7njd       6GB       2,600
    Adobe Creative Suite MAC        http://tinyurl.com/3q2qeek       6GB        2,600
    AutoCAD 2011 PC                 http://tinyurl.com/4x4b9qj       2GB       3,600
    AutoCA D 2011 MAC                http://tinyurl.com/3oszrdo       2GB       3,600
    Artlantis                        http://tinyurl.com/3ufc292      .5GB       1,200
    Autodesk Motion Builder         http://tin yurl.com/3kk85d4     1.6GB       3,500
    Soft Image Face Robot           http://tinyurl.com/3gm8w2m       .5GB      95,000
    AutoCAD MAP 3d                  http://tinyurl.com/3p53sgp       1GB       6,0 00
    AutoCAD Mega Pack               http://tinyurl.com/3k47a6n      80GB      95,000
    Autodesk AutoC AD                http://tinyurl.com/42camov       3GB       1,000
    Rosetta Stone Language Pack      http://tinyurl.com/3zcwxog      33GB      15,000
    Complete n64 Game Collection    http://tinyurl.com /3k33rju       7GB       4,000
    Font Collection                 http://tinyurl.com/3bnc28e      21GB       80,000
    Nintendo DS Rom Collection      http://tinyurl.com/3kepkj4     137GB     145,000
    Fict ion Books 2003-2011         http://tinyurl.com/3vnjygc     133GB   3,000,000
    GBA,GBC,SNES,NEOGEO Ro ms        http://tinyurl.com/3ofkl8e      27GB      10,000
    Osprey Book Collection          http://t inyurl.com/3e4asmo      39GB     180,000
    Fiction Library                 http://tinyurl.com/3nfuyna       23GB     400,000
    Programming Book Collection     http://tinyurl.com/3l3lps4      18GB      18 ,000
    PC Games 1979-2001              http://tinyurl.com/3dvu5ym     130GB     150,000
    Nintendo DS  Rom Collection      http://tinyurl.com/4ymct23      88GB     100,000
    Video Game Collection            http://tinyurl.com/442haqa      34GB      30,000
    Arcade Game Collection          http://tinyurl.c om/3dox4q3      20GB      37,000
    Music Album Collection          http://tinyurl.com/3j96nve     124 GB      46,000
    Java Programming Book Pack      http://tinyurl.com/3ku4jk9      .5GB       3,000
    MA TLAB Book Collection          http://tinyurl.com/3glws5w       1GB       7,500
    Visual Basic Book Co llection    http://tinyurl.com/3hb3a5o      .5GB       3,000
    Kindle Book Collection          http:/ /tinyurl.com/3pzhk2k         1       9,760
    Science Text Book Collection    http://tinyurl.com/3oh9s j5      76GB     500,000
                                                                         
                                     Total:                       1,016GB   4,971,760


    Sorry about the formatting, I tried to align it from the PDF the best I could.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 5:29am

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      You're an accessory to this crime! And because I read it, now I'm an accessory. Crime is illegal!

       

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      Rob, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 5:45am

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      Only $46K for 124GB of music? I bet the RIAA would beg to differ!

       

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      E. Zachary Knight (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 6:07am

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      Nintendo DS ROM collection is listed twice with 2 different file sizes and values. Perhaps that is a mistake?

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 6:25am

        Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

        It is. It's two torrents that overlap, carrying most of the same games twice.

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 6:21am

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      Still perplexed on where they get the numbers from. Merely their market value? Certainly most of these must be registered with the copyright office and "worth" 150K per infringement

      (and in the case of, say, NES/SNES/GBC/NeoGeo/etc ROMs, old PC games, and so on, the value is questionable because even Nintendo can't figure out all the license-holders and cut deals with them to get them on Virtual Console, so the market value is more like $0 because nobody's around to sell OR sue)

       

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      egghead (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 8:19am

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      My main concern is with the prices of the font collections. $80k for 21GB of fonts, ~$3.72/MB? Of course, Adobe has to top that and have $20k for only about 71MB of fonts, ~$281.69/MB.

      It really makes me wonder how those valuations were determined; and if from the companies themselves, it's no wonder their software has so many unauthorized downloads. Maybe if they would restructure their pricing to reach more consumers, they'd see greater gains.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 8:58am

        Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

        Fonts are big money, and take up very little space.

        A random sampling:
        ------------------------------------------------
        Adobe Font Folio 11 $2599.00
        Agency Complete Family Pack $900.00
        Neue Helvetica Complete Family Pack $961.00
        Palatino Sans Complete Family Pack $640.00
        Linotype Nautilus Complete Family Pack $670.00
        ITC Designer Collection $1,299.00
        Benton Sans Complete Family Pack $4,608.00
        Ibis Complete Family Pack $2,592.00
        Stainless Complete Family Pack $1,152.00
        ------------------------------------------------

        Looking at pricing for fonts, is starting to make me feel like the $699 buy in for Photoshop is a steal. I'll assume though that the pricing is high because a lot of work went into these fonts, and they don't sell a ton. Photoshop on the other hand, would sell a TON more if the price was more reasonable.

         

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          Alien Bard, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 12:25pm

          Re: Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

          Photoshop usually sells its older versions for a substantial discount just before they discontinue them. They also sell student versions much cheaper. I purchased mine for under $100. I still download and use the newer versions, but despite what the Mafiaa claim I enjoy having the legal version on the shelf and knowing I helped support a good company. If I used it professionally I would upgrade to the newer version as well.As I often tell people it is one of the few programs actually worth the seemingly high price. IMHO.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 1:40pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

            "I still download and use the newer versions"

            "I enjoy having the legal version on the shelf and knowing I helped support a good company."

            So helping them, one time, for under $100 justifies you pirating their later, much improved versions?

            "If I used it professionally"
            I read this line all the time as justification to pirate *Insert expensive software title here*

            Then you tell people how it's worth the high price, yet you didn't and won't pay the high price yourself?

            I've never seen Adobe sell discounted older versions themselves. Each time a new version of something comes out, the old version disappears off of their site. I'm not aware of an Adobe Outlet.

            At the same time, I truly do believe the stories about how Adobe tries, but not too hard, to keep piracy at bay. The stories about getting people hooked on it, so that when they (the kids) do finally get jobs in design, they will demand Adobe software to do their job properly.

            Hell, I did it with my boss, only I had a legit version at home, and wanted the same thing at work, to do my job properly. Either pirated or legit, I still would have asked my boss to buy it for me at work.

             

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          Anonymous Coward, Aug 24th, 2011 @ 3:50am

          Re: Photoshop Lust

          "Photoshop on the other hand, would sell a TON more if the price was more reasonable."

          Why bother paying even $10 for Photoshop? Gimp is free and it has a Linux version. Gimp costs you nothing to try. Get yourself familiar with Gimp and your tragic case of Photoshop lust will be completely cured!

           

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            Doug, Sep 6th, 2011 @ 1:08pm

            Re: Re: Photoshop Lust

            Gimp's interface is absolutely bizarre and a very real hurdle for pretty much everyone I've tried to introduce it to. None of my expectations from other graphics programs have translated to it at all; I was pretty much starting from scratch, and I still feel like I only know how to use about 5% of it. I've actually spent less time with photoshop than with Gimp but I know how to do way more in photoshop.

             

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      Mark Gisleson, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 3:42pm

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      I figured it was a short list. I've always estimated the fines for downloads on my 1TB drive to be in excess of one billion dollars. I've blogged about it countless times but, having no seizable assets or steady income, the RIAA/MPAA for some reason never contact me....

       

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    Prisoner 201, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:13am

    That dude is totally going to be bodyslammed by a SWAT team any second.

    Serves him right for being a pedo-terrorist that steals from artists!

     

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    Colin (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:13am

    You imagine it wouldn't take much??????

    Your own article earlier in the day spoke to the appeal of the judges reduction of the Jammie Thomas jury award. At $80K per song, that drive would only need 63 songs on it to blow though the $5M if one were to plug it in and make it available via file sharing network.

     

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    Shane C (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:14am

    Contents of the PDF file.

    The PDF file opened fine under Ubuntu's Document Viewer. That was the easy part. Reformatting for here, and getting it past the spam filter was a bit harder.

    Imagine there is the appropriate "http colon slash slash" in front of the tinyurl.


    "5 Million Dollars 1 Terrabyte" File List
    Contents                     Dowload Link             File Size       Value
    Adobe Font Collection        tinyurl.com/3qa6    .069GB      20,000
    Adobe Creative Suite PC      tinyurl.com/3cs7       6GB       2,600
    Adobe Creative Suite MAC      tinyurl.com/3q2q       6GB       2,600
    AutoCAD 2011 PC              tinyurl.com/4x4b       2GB        3,600
    AutoCAD 2011 MAC             tinyurl.com/3osz       2GB       3,600
    Artlantis                     tinyurl.com/3ufc      .5GB       1,200
    Autodesk Motion Builder      tinyurl.com/3kk8     1.6 GB       3,500
    Soft Image Face Robot        tinyurl.com/3gm8      .5GB      95,000
    AutoCAD MAP 3d                tinyurl.com/3p53       1GB       6,000
    AutoCAD Mega Pack            tinyurl.com/3k47       80GB      95,000
    Autodesk AutoCAD             tinyurl.com/42ca       3GB       1,000
    Rosetta  Stone Language Pack  tinyurl.com/3zcw      33GB      15,000
    Complete n64 Game Collection tinyurl.co m/3k33       7GB       4,000
    Font Collection              tinyurl.com/3bnc      21GB      80,000
    N intendo DS Rom Collection   tinyurl.com/3kep     137GB     145,000
    Fiction Books 2003-2011      tin yurl.com/3vnj     133GB   3,000,000
    GBA,GBC,SNES,NEOGEO Roms     tinyurl.com/3ofk      27GB      10 ,000
    Osprey Book Collection       tinyurl.com/3e4a      39GB     180,000
    Fiction Library               tinyurl.com/3nfu      23GB     400,000
    Programming Book Collection  tinyurl.com/3l3l      18GB       18,000
    PC Games 1979-2001           tinyurl.com/3dvu     130GB     150,000
    Nintendo DS Rom Co llection   tinyurl.com/4ymc      88GB     100,000
    Video Game Collection        tinyurl.com/442h       34GB      30,000
    Arcade Game Collection       tinyurl.com/3dox      20GB      37,000
    Music Album  Collection       tinyurl.com/3j96     124GB      46,000
    Java Programming Book Pack   tinyurl.com/3 ku4      .5GB       3,000
    MATLAB Book Collection       tinyurl.com/3glw       1GB       7,500
    Visu al Basic Book Collection tinyurl.com/3hb3      .5GB       3,000
    Kindle Book Collection       tinyur l.com/3pzh         1       9,760
    Science Text Book Collection tinyurl.com/3oh9      76GB     500,00 0
                                                                   
                                 Tot al:                    1,016GB   4,971,760


    Yea, the formatting still sucks, sorry. Best I can do.

     

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      Crosbie Fitch (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:39am

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      Fortunately, it's not yet illegal to be in possession of infringing copies (though I wouldn't be surprised if it is, if there is intent to distribute).

      I'd guess that the artist of this exhibit does not claim to have manufactured the copy/copies within it, e.g. "Some bloke in Marakesh gave it to me as a freebie when I bought a rug".

       

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        Richard (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 5:12am

        Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

        Fortunately, it's not yet illegal to be in possession of infringing copies

        Of course , if they are held in dynamic RAM, they are re-copied many times every second - so I guess it would technically be illegal.

        (Posted just to make clear how nonsensical copyright law is - in the light of modern technology.)

         

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          Crosbie Fitch (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 5:42am

          Re: Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

          They've thought of that one. Ephemeral copies are exempt.

          This is why streaming is ok, but sharing is WRONG. Duh?

          Of course copyright is nonsensical, but it's very lucrative if you're powerful enough to wield it effectively. Trouble is, because it's lucrative most people think it can be all bad. This is probably why kids aren't taught the unethical and uneconomic trade-off between monopoly and liberty in high school. Monopolies enrich a few at a hundredfold hidden cost to the majority.

           

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            grumpy (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 7:53am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

            And enriching the few is contrary to our "capitalistic" culture how...? Quotes as I don't consider our current corporatocracy capitalistic ("too big to fail" - that's NOT capitalism).

             

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              Crosbie Fitch (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 8:12am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

              Yes, the corporatocratic state is in power at the moment and finds monopolies perfectly sound (though it's having second thoughts about patent), but human beings (when they're not busy trying to figure out why handing a $trillion from the taxpayer to the banks, or printing money to do so, is bad) do outclass the state in power terms, and so it's this majority that needs to be educated, e.g. by TechDirt as to what is in its interest as opposed to that of the corporate state.

               

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              ltlw0lf (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 12:40pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

              ("too big to fail" - that's NOT capitalism)

              Actually, since the government is assuming control of those corporations when they "buy them out", it is more "National Socialism" that we're talking about there.

              Great, now you made me go an godwin the thread.

               

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 5:51am

      Re: Contents of the PDF file.

      The properties of the PDF file show it was created on Mac OS X 10.6.7 from Microsoft Excel, probably using some sort of built-in PDF generator ("Mac OS X 10.6.7 Quartz PDFContext").

      I am guessing the artist never even tried to open the PDF file on Windows.

      As an aside: "terrabyte"? Really?

       

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        JEDIDIAH, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 6:27am

        Riding the tangent...

        The P in PDF stands for Portable.

        If the built in MacOS PDF generation tools create PDF files that are Windows hostile then that's an important thing to be aware of.

         

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        JEDIDIAH, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 9:30am

        Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

        This thing causes the official version of the acrobat reader under Linux. Does so in the browser or on the desktop. Makes you wonder if it's a problem with Acrobat in general.

        Be kind of funny if it is.

        ...this gives me an excuse to logon to my Mac. It's been awhile.

         

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        Alien Bard, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 12:32pm

        Re: Re: Contents of the PDF file.

        It opened just fine for me (using 'Foxit PDF Reader' under 'FireFox' in 'Windows 7').

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:44am

    He should've just saved himself some energy and put one song on a cheap six year old thumb drive. They'll still think it's worth $5 million worth of pirated content.

     

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    Just John (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:50am

    My kind of art

    I like it, the simplicity, the clean lines, a very unassuming piece there.

    We are talking about the HDD, right?

     

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    mike allen (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 2:58am

    nice little exhibit but why not plugged in.

     

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    Crosbie Fitch (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 3:57am

    It could just be empty though

    It could just be a demonstration that privacy ethically denies copyright holders and anyone else access to see if their monopoly has been infringed.

     

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    Beech, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 4:12am

    I just hope he does not try to sell this piece of art work, if he does the black RIAA helicopters will swoop in guns a-blazing

     

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    mrtraver (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 4:56am

    infirngment

    Is posting a photo of a drive with copied software also considrered infringement?

     

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    mrtraver (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 4:57am

    [edit: "infringement"]

     

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    Kevin (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 4:57am

    Quibble

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this be post-modern art? If I understand my artist g/f correctly, a modernist wouldn't consider this art at all. :)

     

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    taoareyou (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 6:20am

    Question

    Doesn't the hard drive manufacturer own the copyright on the device? Did he get their permission to display it? Taking a photo of a copyrighted work is also infringement.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 8:40am

    I couldn't help but think about some poor high school kid dropping it in his backpack, then getting charged with staling 5 mil worth of art.

     

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    Legolas2112 (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 9:44am

    The PDF in Firefox 5 and Windows Vista

    Opened just fine.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 11:05am

    I like this.

    This photo of a HDD filled with infringing content is a prime example recursive mass infringement. It will surely cause an infinite loop that will incinerate the RIAA and MPAA in a blaze of lolcats and esoteric Linux distributions!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 3:55pm

    I would rather not have had a connection to The Pirate Bay on my Permanent Record. Maybe make those tinyurls previewable?

     

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    pjcamp (profile), Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 6:15pm

    interesting zen moment

    If it is art, then it is fair use and is not a copyright violation. If it is a copyright violation, then it can't be art so what is it doing in a gallery?

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Aug 24th, 2011 @ 1:16am

    No your honor, all of these DVDs are part of my modern art project.

     

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