The German Chaos Computer Cub (CCC) has been on the forefront of the fight against copyright industry monopolies for years. They called for a boycott of the music industry when labels started suing file sharers. They've been hosting events with folks like Rasmus Fleischer from Piratbyran.

They are actively involved in the discussion about content flatrates and alternative compensation models. So why are the folks from Peerguardian Bluetack (please see comments for a clarification about the relationship between Peerguardian and Bluetack) convinced that the CCC is doing "anti-P2P work" and that some of its members are "a threat to file sharers?"

A web banner of the CCC.

It turns out that one member of the CCC used to run a open Torrent tracker from the organization's network. Mediadefender found that open tracker and used it to distribute fake files.

Peerguardian in turn decided to block ranges of IP addresses belonging to the CCC - a debatable decision. But the whole story gets even murkier: The tracker in question has long moved to a different network, but Peerguardian keeps blocking the club's network. Peerguardian forum moderator monk justified this decision this way:

"We are primarily concerned with P2P protection here, but we do block other things that are a threat to people, such as malware, viruses and hackers. The CCC certainly qualifies as the latter. I'm sure the majority of the CCC members are good, decent people, like anyone else you would meet, but I am certain that there are people who are involved with this organization which are a threat to filesharers."

Unfortunately, the proof monk quotes for for these accusations raises only more questions. Want an example? Well, how about this: One of the CCC members links to the MPAA from his website as part of a joke. Monk thinks this proves he works for the content industry. To which the CCC member in question responds:

"Is this your so called "expert knowledge" in judging which IP-Addr. belong to the anti-p2p people? Are you kidding?"

CCC member Andreas Bogk doesn't think it's funny either. He's concerned that folks at events like the yearly Chaos Communication Congress won't be able to use their P2P software anymore. Says Bogk:

"You're effectively crippling p2p service for literally thousands of users, namely our members and the guests at our events. They can't unblock themselves in other people's software."

(via gulli)

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