Die New York Times über Pirates of the Amazon

Die New York Times hat einen Artikel zum Takedown des Firefox-Plugins, über das ich neulich gebloggt hatte und mit dem man Pirate-Bay-Links in das Amazon-Interface einblenden konnte. Die Entwickler meinen, es sei eine Parodie und ich gebe ihnen (natürlich) Recht: ein solches Plugin ist völlig sinnbefreit. Jeder, der weiß, wie man ein Pirate-Bay-Plugin für Amazon installiert, weiß genauso, wie man den Rest erledigt, auch ohne Plugin. Es war eine Demonstration, here's Technology and there's nothing you can do about it (but sending crappy Takedown-Notes).

Earlier this week, two students from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, made headlines by releasing a plug-in for the Firefox Web browser that made it easy for people who were browsing books, music and movies on Amazon.com to download the same products free through the Pirate Bay, the illicit BitTorrent site.

Lawyers for Amazon.com promptly served the students’ Internet service provider with a take-down notice, and on Thursday the students complied and removed the tool.

In an interesting twist, the students now say their project was a parody and an “experiment on interface design, information access and currently debated issues in media culture,” according to their Web site. One of the students, John, who did not give his last name, tried to explain further in an e-mail message.

Amazon and the Pirate Bay “might look like opposites, but are actually quite similar in regards to the mainstream media content they provide,” he wrote. “Our project demonstrated this practically. So it’s a parody of any kind of media consumerism, whether corporate or subcultural.”

Parodies are given a certain amount of protection under United States copyright law.

John added: “The project struck quite some nerve; it surprised us that most people did not seem to get the humor and absurdity of it.”

Pirates of the Amazon Abandon Ship (via Waxy)