This is EXACTLY what I was gonna say. Open Source it!
let people choose a central node address
Or, even better, the devices can find each other on the same subnet with mDNS (as can the app that controls them) so that they are completely serverless. In fact, it should have been this was from the beginning, just using the server for updates.
...copies of the Iliad, Odyssey, the Canterbury tales, Beowulf and the works of Shakespeare amongst other ancient works...
irony at it's finest.
Funny how these things that are readily available, have a lasting impression, are STILL sought after, and DO make publishers money, can't be claimed as being owned because they are in the public domain. They have no copyright attached... nobody who "owns" it.... is there anybody who doesn't benefit from them being in the public domain?
People can find it readily... Publishers are free to print it... and make money from printing... The public at large benefits from the cultural history...