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02 Apr

Kazaa Users — Here’s A Little Something To Stoke Your Paranoia

This in from CNet — Brilliant Digital Entertainment, a digital advertising technology company, has been embedding software in the Kazaa distribution that could turn every computer running Kazaa into a network they control. John Borland’s article says that Brilliant Digital could host and distribute content through this network or use unused processing power for grid computing tasks. He reports later in the article that, while the announced plans are to make the network opt-in, that the terms of service actually allow Brilliant to use the computers without any payment to or permission from the user.

“You hearby grant (Brilliant) the right to access and use the unused computing power and storage space on your computer/s and or Internet access or bandwidth for the aggregation of content and use in distributed computing … The use acknowledges and authorizes the use without the right of compensation.”

Now there’s a little something to make your hair stand on end!

I’d say that this will cause a backlash against Kazaa and Brilliant Digital. No one likes the spyware or adware that gets dumped on your computer when you install someone’s software. But this is beginning to really step onto some shaky ground. Okay — show of hands — how many of you think it’s okay to have a piece of software installed on your computer that can use disk space and processing power for someone else’s use?

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