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$5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the think-about-the-street-value-of-this-mountain dept.

Piracy 243

ideonexus snips thus from Wired: "The Art 404 gallery is currently exhibiting a piece by Manuel Palou called '5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte' which is a 'sculpture' consisting of a 1 TB external hard drive containing $5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files. The hard drive is displayed on a pedestal at the gallery." Adds ideonexus: "There is a PDF of the files stored on the device with links to the torrents." I'd like this to be an exhibit at every trial in which gigantic money damages are claimed for copyright infringement.

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Two can play it that game (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339758)

In today's news, the RIAA and MPAA have given a generous grant to performance artist "B1ank S1ate" to support his new installation "B1ank S1ate pisses on other artist's hard drive."

Re:Two can play it that game (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340034)

Nope, there's nothing on there from the RIAA/MPAA (that would be stupid...)

Re:Two can play it that game (3, Interesting)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340324)

If you had a terabyte of music, they would sue for a lot more than $5,000,000.00.

Interesting system, it's just like conjuring money out of thin air. In the olde daze a pirate was someone who had to work for his money, kill, rape, plunder. Now all he has to do is copy a file. Not even steal it, just make a copy

Avast ye swabbies!

Re:Two can play it that game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340454)

Sure there is, why don't you flush your cache and cookies !?!

"B1ank S1ate", "RIAA & MPAA hereby grant to performance artist B1ank S1ate ", "B1ank S1ate on tour pissin up teh artist drives...", it's right there even has a photo with their balls hangin out B1ank S1ate.jpg (don't play stupid...)

Takedown Notice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339764)

What are they going to do when they get DMCA'd, shutter the entire art space?

Does this classify (2)

esocid (946821) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339778)

as found art?

Re:Does this classify (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339842)

or perhaps transavantgarde - italian artists appropriated found street/ everyday objects and made them into art.

Re:Does this classify (1)

Eraesr (1629799) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340028)

It strongly reminds me of the concept behind David Bowie's "Outside" album [wikipedia.org] .

From that Wikipedia link:

The liner notes feature a short story by Bowie, the Diary of Nathan Adler, which outlines a somewhat dystopian version of the year 1999 in which the government, through its arts commission, had created a new bureau to investigate the phenomenon of Art Crime. In this future, murder and mutilation of bodies had become a new underground art craze. The main character, Nathan Adler, was in the business of deciding what of this was legally acceptable as art and what was, in a word, trash.

Re:Does this classify (5, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340108)

Didn't you read the summary? It's Art 404. 404 is "not found". Therefore it is not found art.

Two questions: (1)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339780)

First, so the harddrive does not contain files, it contains one file with links to torrent files?

Second, THAT'S ART?!

Re:Two questions: (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339832)

One could conceivably argue the the content of the drive being worth $5 million is art in that it's an artistic statement.

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339978)

One could conceivably argue the the content of the drive being worth $5 million is art in that it's an artistic statement.

Well yeah, that's the point.

But if you want to make a more interesting artistic statement, why not go whole hog [hothardware.com] and make it performance [anandtech.com] art?

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340404)

One could conceivably argue the the content of the drive being worth $5 million is art in that it's an artistic statement.

One would conceivably be moron.

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339844)

I guess it also contains all the downloaded files too.

Apparently, anything can be called art now.

Re:Two questions: (4, Insightful)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340322)

Apparently, anything can be called art now.

That tiny little box sitting on a pedestal is apparently worth $5,000,000. It think it's a poignant statement on copyright.

Re:Two questions: (1)

khr (708262) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340542)

Apparently, anything can be called art now.

That's hardly new... People have been saying that about any art they don't like or appreciate... Someone probably said that about the first painting of a woman without eyebrows or something...

Re:Two questions: (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339866)

First, so the harddrive does not contain files, it contains one file with links to torrent files?

No, the hard-drive contains the actual files in question, the PDF is a separate listing of what files have been downloaded to the drive, and their value IIRC (I can't access the PDF file without my browser crashing as I'm at work and this computer only has Adobe Reader).

Second, THAT'S ART?!

Moreso than most things passing as art these days.
This exhibit actually aims to raise a valid point about piracy.
By highlighting how trivial it is to cause $5million of "damage" (by certain definitions of that word) and how little effect it actually has, it's supposed to get people questioning the way we deal with infringers.

Re:Two questions: (1)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340070)

Well, damn...

If I had mod points you'd get them. I actually disagree with you, but this is still the most pertinent, informative, and insightful comment I've seen on this story so far.

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339868)

It's idiotic on all counts, agreed.

If he wanted to make a point on piracy, he should have made hundreds of hard-disks with the same pirated content, and price tags for the original cost of the hardware, to show idiots why people consider piracy acceptable.

Re:Two questions: (2)

Scutter (18425) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339958)

First, so the harddrive does not contain files, it contains one file with links to torrent files?

Second, THAT'S ART?!

It provoked an emotional response in you and it caused you to talk about it with other people. I'd say that classifies it as art. Maybe not GOOD art, but art nonetheless.

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340062)

I just saw the cutest little kitten. It made me so happy, I just had to come on here to tell you about it. And now you're saying that kitten is art too? How wonderful!

Re:Two questions: (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340360)

I just saw the cutest little kitten. It made me so happy, I just had to come on here to tell you about it. And now you're saying that kitten is art too? How wonderful!

Way to miss the point, AC. Art is a form of expression with the intention to create an emotional response. That could be a picture of a building, a family portrait my kid drew, or even an object used in a way that differs from its intended purpose, such as making a statement.

Re:Two questions: (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340118)

By that definition, pretty much all shitty software is art..

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340150)

So is shooting people and taking their wallets art? I mean, it provokes an emotional response in people who witness or hear about it, and makes them talk about it with other people.

IOW, what the hell isn't art if that's the definition, and if everything is art, then the term "art" means nothing, and we should stop using it.

Re:Two questions: (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340206)

Most acts of terrorism are therefore art.

If I bomb an orphanage many people will feel an emotional response and talk about it. Art!

Re:Two questions: (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339980)

Second, THAT'S ART?!

No...being a snobby, pretentious prick with access to lots of skinny pants is art. Didn't you get the memo?

Re:Two questions: (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340066)

Second, THAT'S ART?!

If it is, then I've got my own masterpiece right here. I bet I have way more than $5 million on my drive.

Re:Two questions: (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340484)

Yes, but you never thought to call it art until just now. Manuel Palou thought to call it art, so that's why it's art.

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340386)

I think the PDF is on it along with the music files....and I agree, I hardly consider that art.

Re:Two questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340584)

I'd say it's as much art as this photo [randolphimages.com] is.

Re:Two questions: (1)

InsectOverlord (1758006) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340650)

Second, THAT'S ART?!

Have you walked into a "Comtemporary Art" museum over the last 20 years or so?

A PDF? (4, Interesting)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339782)

I don't know which is stupider, the concept of the art project, or that they are distributing a list of links over the internet with a PDF file.

Re:A PDF? (4, Funny)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339846)

The concept is fine. I'm working on a similar project right now. The stupid part is calling it art.

Torrent is a art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339810)

Thanks for the links, by the way.

So it has two songs on it? (4, Funny)

mla_anderson (578539) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339814)

At current RIAA prices isn't that just two MP3s?

Re:So it has two songs on it? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339976)

Depends, are we buying them or is Sony Entertainment buying them, I'm pretty sure they just use some form of special IOU. [slashdot.org]

Price determined by...? (0)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339836)

How exactly is the $5M price tag determined? My guess is that if we only factor in the cost of electricity and Internet service, the price would be closer to $5.

Re:Price determined by...? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339858)

I guess the MSRP value of what the software/digital media is being sold for at the time of creation? i.e. ebooks, songs, DVDs, blu-rays, etc.

Re:Price determined by...? (2)

Kjella (173770) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339910)

I guess the MSRP value of what the software/digital media is being sold for at the time of creation? i.e. ebooks, songs, DVDs, blu-rays, etc.

So since the RIAA/MPAA/BSA like to ask for $150000 per infringement, I guess the lawsuit will be in the billions. That's one man certain to be a starving artist for the rest of his life....

Re:Price determined by...? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340128)

Only if he actually uploaded the files himself.. which he didn't. They're safely stored away in a museum. You'd need to have tight leather pants and an aerosol can to break in and steal it.

Re:Price determined by...? (1)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339888)

For 1TB of downloads? Man, I wish I lived wherever it is that you do. Is it Freebroadbandland?

Re:Price determined by...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339966)

Well, I have a 100Mbps downstream residential connection and I've downloaded several hundred GBs per month before. Anyone could download well over a million dollars worth of software, movies, games, programs (programs meaning speeches and talks where they sell for thouands per lecture).

Re:Price determined by...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340056)

Art is supposed to make you think, and this one succeeds brilliantly. The value is close to $0 as long as no one is using the files. Furthermore no copyright holder is being deprived of anything as long as this stays an exhibit item. But if someone steals the piece of art and starts using the contents, then it becomes $50M.

the PDF linked is 40 KB big and crashs AdobePDF (1)

Emil_and_the_Detecti (1216768) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339852)

The link to the PDF leads to a PDF file that is 40KB big ... that will hardly contain 40.000 files. And if you open it using Adobe it does crash Adobe PDF Viewer.

Re:the PDF linked is 40 KB big and crashs AdobePDF (1)

Mordermi (2432580) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339928)

It didn't crash my Adobe Reader. Also, it doesn't list all of the files. It lists them as groups such as "Video Game Collection."

Re:the PDF linked is 40 KB big and crashs AdobePDF (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339938)

The link to the PDF leads to a PDF file that is 40KB big ... that will hardly contain 40.000 files. And if you open it using Adobe it does crash Adobe PDF Viewer.

He might have a different version of Adobe Reader you can try if you'd like..

Re:the PDF linked is 40 KB big and crashs AdobePDF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340488)

Adobe Reader is free.

Re:the PDF linked is 40 KB big and crashs AdobePDF (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340152)

It would be kind of funny if it contains an Adobe Reader exploit.. this guy is obviously into his illegal activities in a big way..

Re:the PDF linked is 40 KB big and crashs AdobePDF (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340466)

To be fair, almost every PDF I've opened in the last week has crashed Adobe Reader. Something is just not right with the latest update...

Not art (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339870)

So can I take a shit on a pedestal and call it 'Modern Hollywood' and call it art?

Re:Not art (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339934)

You can call it whatever you like.Whether it is "art" as such is really up to other people - but I'm sure you'll be able to find some people who think so.

Re:Not art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339968)

So can I take a shit on a pedestal and call it 'Modern Hollywood' and call it art?

off course, this has been done before: Cloaca [wikipedia.org]
FTA: "... “Cloaca” is a large installation that turns food into feces [sic.]..."

Re:Not art (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340168)

“Your mother” is a large installation that turns food into feces [sic.]...

FTFY

Re:Not art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340292)

A "large" installation?! I am not clicking that link -- sounds like goatse-as-performance-art to me.

Re:Not art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340326)

Modern art is shit.

Re:Not art (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340058)

Right after the big ugly art museum was opened in downtown Santa Cruz, or maybe it was just after the sign went up, someone smeared shit all over the sign. I remember seeing it and thinking it was a pretty cool political statement. That building really is a big piece of shit.

Re:Not art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340500)

It was made and a gallery was found that was willing to display it. Nevertheless, many people will consider it to be worthless. This is the case with pretty much all art.

People who use the phrase "this isn't art!" usually seem to be objecting to the idea that someone might be making money off the back of very little work. The reality is that art is an over-crowded marketplace and not at all an easy way to get rich quick. Most artists never earn enough to call themselves professionals and, for those that do, their most profitable work and their most expressive work are discrete sets.

Re:Not art (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340566)

You could, if you were a hipster living in the right neighborhood and associated with the right people. The problem is that this crowd is unlikely to be sympathetic towards your criticism of Hollywood. Your dump would have to represent some other form of establishment the artsy hipster crowd despises.

Uh... art?! (5, Insightful)

Type44Q (1233630) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339872)

I'll say it again (for the thousandth time - and this is entirely subjective but it's still true): THIS ISN'T FUCKING ART!!! What it is, however, is a coherent political statement that actually says something (unlike the proverbial paint thrown on the wall, feces on a Ritz cracker, etc, etc). Imagine that...

Re:Uh... art?! (3, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340082)

THIS ISN'T FUCKING ART!!!

So you are saying the downloaded files don't include porn?

Re:Uh... art?! (3, Insightful)

Tar-Alcarin (1325441) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340442)

So something can be entirely subjective, and at the same time hold some universal truth? That's quite impressive.

But as for your main point, here's the definition of the concept of art, as quoted from Wikipedia:
"Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect."

I'd say; a coherent political statement that says something by means of symbolism, can easily be viewed as art.
The fact that people are getting quite heated in a discussion about this, I think lends credit to that viewpoint.

Music for $46k? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339892)

Interesting that the artist assigns a value of only $46,000 to the music on the hard drive. It would be interesting to know where that number came from - I presume our dear friends at the RIAA would disagree with the figure.

Re:Music for $46k? (1)

Vanderhoth (1582661) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340410)

I agree it would be interesting to have two price values. What he would have spent if he had bought the media and then what the *IAA would have claimed the "damages" were in court. I guarantee people would have some raised eyebrows being able to see the difference. Who knows, maybe the project is an incomplete and he's waiting for the *IAA to come after him so he can finish it.

Not just torrents (1)

andydouble07 (2344014) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339896)

Several of the URLs go to passworded rar files on megaupload taken from endoftheinter.net

Ahh, copyright infringement.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37339904)

... Weasel words for "theft".

The net is chock full of free software and media. Why steal?

Re:Ahh, copyright infringement.... (2)

halivar (535827) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340144)

Every time you borrow my air, you are stealing from me. Please stop.

Re:Ahh, copyright infringement.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340314)

So when you use software you didn't pay for, someone loses access to software they paid for? Because that would be the definition of theft (denying someone else access to something they own).

If copyright infringement was even remotely like theft, it would be called theft. It isn't, because even the people writing nonsensical copyright legislation have some connection to reality, unlike you.

Re:Ahh, copyright infringement.... (1)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340378)

Ahh, photography... ... Weasel words for "kidnapping".

Re:Ahh, copyright infringement.... (1)

cforciea (1926392) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340438)

If my neighbor could steal my lawnmower but I'd still have a lawnmower after the theft occured, then copyright infringement would be analogous to theft. Since this is not the case, we need different terminology for different crimes.

PDF File size (2)

bernywork (57298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339912)

404 Art.... The file size is 40.4 KB in size.

Co-incidence? I think not!

This is art (5, Insightful)

mfh (56) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339942)

I know a lot of you are going to protest and complain that this isn't art, much like the protest over that sculpture made of raw meat... but in a sense this really is art because of the people downloading, the controversy over copyright, the flagrant copyright violation involved in the artist downloading these files and presenting them as an artistic work. I think it's commendable, and it definitely involves taking a risk and it does make you feel something, so it's art.

I didn't say it was good art, but it is art, and I think it's interesting.

Re:This is art (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340192)

Much more interesting than your thoughts; If I download the same works and put them on the same drive, will he sue me for copyright infringement?

Re:This is art (2)

impaledsunset (1337701) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340320)

If I download the same works and put them on the same drive

Kids these days! Not even the slightest bit of originality, sheesh! When we stole copyrighted works, we stole them creatively!

Re:This is art (0)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340352)

Kids these days! Not even the slightest bit of originality, sheesh! When we stole copyrighted works, we stole them creatively!

-1 point for using "stole" when relating to copyright infringement. You'll note that if I recreate his work on a different external drive, his work is still available for others to marvel at.

QED, bitch!

Re:This is art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340396)

Much more interesting than your thoughts; it's totally awesome to put unnecessarily insulting prefixes before my only-vaguely-related reply!

Re:This is art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340428)

Actually, you are wrong and right at the same time.
This is because of the misconception that there would be some global (and binary) indicator of something "being art" or not.

In reality, art is something that resonates with one. Usually giving one a new perspective of something, a certain feeling, or a new understanding of something.
Which of course means that it's entirely personal (and a gradient too).

And that makes it clear, that anyone acting as if he's an "authority" on what is and what is not art, is full of shit. ^^
Those people usually are very full of themselves. But I guess I already said that. ;)
Which causes people like you and me to get that misconception I mentioned above, and answer in the way that you did.
No shame in it... I fell for it too, after all. We all did, and most still do. So I certainly didn't want to offend you. :)

In reality, the rule of what is art and what not is very simple and nice: If it resonates with you... (e.g. as described above), then for you, it's art. Period. And by definition nobody can dispute that. If not then not.
And for other people that can be very different.

To me, and to most people for example, abstract paintings are not even remotely art. They don't do anything. They don't mean anything. The fact that they beg one to find some sense in it, is a dead giveaway.
While for me for example, there is a lot of serious awesome art on YouTube. Like Thru-You [youtube.com] or "Waiting for the beat to kick in" [youtube.com] . I get goosebumps from those. Or the first System Shock. That's more art right there than any of that so-called "real art" that "art critics" praise. For me. :)

Re:This is art (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340474)

I wish people would stop calling "statements", "art".
Art is about aesthetics.

While some art makes a statement, not all art does (for example the mona-lisa), and not everything that makes a statement is art (for example PETA rallies).

A commodity hard drive containing files, is not art. It can (depending on how it's used) be a statement.

Re:This is art (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340652)

definitely a comment. The post I'm replying to has a subject and two paragraphs separated by a newline. It's making an argument against a straw man of its own invention ("a lot of you are going to protest and complain that this isn't art"), and ends, cryptically, with "I didn't say it was good art, but it is art, and I think it's interesting"... This involves making a point (about it not being "good" art) completely orthogonal to the straw man the comment raised, and completely failing to include the correct response to the straw man (that it's art because it was created to sit in a gallery with an audience, which actually now -- because it's very good -- includes us) but not completely unrelated to the subject. In conclusion, I don't think the parent comment is any good, but it is definitely a comment.

Why is that? (2)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339948)

I'd like this to be an exhibit at every trial in which gigantic money damages are claimed for copyright infringement.

Why? What relation does the exhibit have to a civil regarding copyrights? Or do you think wasting the judge's time will work in favor of the defense?

I've seen crime scene photos displayed in a gallery as art. Do you think those should be exhibits at the trial? (Obviously the crime scene photos are evidence. I mean, the particular fact that the photos could be displayed as art, is that relevant to the trial?)

"See judge, the blood splatter is art. Therefor this killing was not a crime!"

Unless you're going the other way, and saying, if anyone should have to pay big money for copyright infringement, it should be the pretentious arsehole who tries to pass off a commodity hard drive as art.

In that, I'm with you 100%.

Re:Why is that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340344)

Or, the fact that it's a visual representation of what "crime" was committed by the accused with a large monetary value attached, displaying this ridiculousness of the damages that the *IAA are looking for, will make the judge think about it in a way he hasn't before?

pfft, small potatoes! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#37339972)

howzabout 75 trillion dollars! [slashdot.org] ?
Then you could call it social commentary on the insanity of the ??AAs.

Re:pfft, small potatoes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340188)

Yes, because the content of the works now exists in a digital representation, its inherent value is lost, and therefore we can make up ridiculously big numbers and joke that's what The Man thinks the content is worth, when in reality we know it's worth nothing.
Like, if I were to write in a text file "IOU: $14.7 Trillion. Sincerely, USA", chuck it on a flash drive, we could call it art. And just like the content on the hard drive, we can all laugh about how stupidly high the number is, all the while knowing no one will ever pay it because it's not real money.
And we'll face up to The Man, and we'll tell him, "No, I will not pay this debt". And then we'll see who will be laughing.

Double counts some items (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340008)

The list includes Windows and Mac versions listed separately even though some of them come on the same DVD. It also claims that the Nintindo ROMs were worth $3 Million. Not that amazing of a collection. I expected a bigger list.

Art? (0)

brit74 (831798) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340106)

Art is dead. It's all about doing something to make yourself famous, like getting it on Slashdot. Congrats, this "artist" won.

> I'd like this to be an exhibit at every trial in which gigantic money damages are claimed for copyright infringement.
Why? And would you support a hard drive full of child porn at a pedophile's trial? Would you support a hard drive full of spam at a spamlord's trial? What's the point?

Re:Art? (1)

rwv (1636355) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340330)

What's the point?

The point is that a 1 TB harddrive is worth $100, but the same 1 TB harddrive - when loaded with certain bits - is said to be worth $5,000,100. The point is THAT IT'S NOT WORTH THAT MUCH. The "artist" doesn't accomplish anything in terms of getting the judge or a jury to agree that people who commit copyright infringement aren't hurting copyright owners. He only accomplishes the goal that the copyright holding megacorps are gigantic assholes.

Fail to see the worthyness of this (1)

abigsmurf (919188) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340120)

Perhaps I should do an art exhibit consisting of a cheque for $1mill and say "this should be at all trials where someone is accused of fraud or embezzelment!".

We haven't been a society where the physical size of something, or even the workmanship of the product represents its financial value. Modern artists of all people should know that.

Re:Fail to see the worthyness of this (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340266)

Perhaps I should do an art exhibit consisting of a cheque for $1mill and say "this should be at all trials where someone is accused of fraud or embezzelment!".

I have a better idea: Make it performance art. The performance consists in you writing the cheque and giving it to me, and then me going to the bank and cashing it. :-)

Oh for the days... (1)

thepainguy (1436453) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340138)

...when art required skill and not just a (debatable) amount of vision and/or insight.

People are doing a disservice to real artists when they label stuff like this "art."

So.. (1)

Mordermi (2432580) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340142)

Shouldn't he be fined instead of recognized as an artist?

statutory damages are much higher than retail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340164)

If all of the rights holders sued, the damages they could ask for would be about three orders of magnitude higher. It's really the $5 billion hard drive.

My next art project: (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340186)

Forge a cheque for 14 trillion dollars made out to U S Treasury from the personal checking account of Steven Colbert. Encase it in clear plastic and claim it is art.

earth bytes? (1)

Paulvdh (1191913) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340190)

What's a terrabyte?

Cool... (1)

Yuioup (452151) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340280)

Cool.

Can I hook up my laptop to it and copy the files? That way, the drive will be worth even more money because I'm duplicating the files.

If everybody does this, then the exhibit can be renamed '5 Trillion Dollars' (pinky on mouth).

Why hasn't the RIAA and/or the MPAA sued yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340282)

Maybe there is a copyright exemption for hoarding content on hard drives if you use the word "art". Id like to see this art used in trials if it shows the absurdity of large damages being awarded.

I didn't think it was art either, at first... (2)

bistromath007 (1253428) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340358)

Then I looked at the pdf. I can see that he chose which files he'd download very carefully. This isn't $5M of effortless movie and music grabbing. The first section of the list is several software tools that have outrageous license prices, like AutoCAD. Crown jewel of the collection: eight years of fiction books, $3M. It is literally an order of magnitude larger than the next largest thing on the list. This work shows how kinds of knowledge and culture that we don't spend a bunch of money and time arguing about in court have been affected by our banged up ideas about IP rights.

This is a work of art.

In other unletated news (4, Funny)

houghi (78078) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340400)

RIAA claims a 5.000.000USD tax reduction because of donations to an arts project.

In other art headlines... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340494)

Man shits on a piece of cardboard, calls it art.

Art.. my ass (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340514)

Lets have some differentiation. It may be a political statement but its not art.

How can this be put in the same category as a painting by a great master?

I long for a return to the time when great art and music means something produced by someone with a unique genius or at least a skill that took and decades to perfect, not something that is just all about an idea and not its execution. Where's the value in something that any of us could make in a few minutes?

More statement than art. (1)

blackicye (760472) | more than 2 years ago | (#37340580)

I like the message, and whilst I doubt it will serve as a reality check to the IP holders, I think it is a point well made.

Also I was wondering if I was the only one suddenly compelled to go and locate a torrent of the "$20,000" font pack.

It would have had more impact (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37340654)

If he had just displayed an IPOD nano.

At 30K per infringemnt, an IPOD nano can store about 40 million dollars worth of infringing material.

[Captcha: maggot. Apropos of nothing, I'm sure.]

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