As far as I understand if any fediverse instance decided to start having magnet links and stuff like that, eventually it would be taken down by DCMA notices and the like. But what could be done so a community like that could thrive?

Some questions:

  1. Would other instances that federate with it get in trouble? They can always feign ignorance.
  2. Could an intance which holds magnet links and trackers be backed up every day, so that as soon as one instance is taken down another one takes it’s place immediately?
  3. Could an instance be owned annonymously? Can you register a domain and keep a server running somewhere without repercussions?
  4. Could a lemmy instance live in an onion domain, and still interact with the rest of the fediverse? Would that improve anything regarding the instance being taken down?
  5. What about running instances in countries that do not enforce piracy laws? Could someone in some random country that does not care maintain an instance, which all of the fediverse can access/comment/contribute?
  • youronlyone
    59 months ago

    I saw your reply but it is yet to federate in other instances.

    I know magnet links are just links, but post sharing them are still copyright infringement right?

    No. Again, you just posted a link. What determines a link as a potential Copyright infringement is the content it is linking to.

    Let’s use an example:

    It’s not a magnett link, but just the same, I linked to a torrent file. It is not a Copyright Infringement.

    But if the link is a link to a content that violates the Copyright Law, then there is potential issue.

    Linking by itself is vague. There are countries that don’t consider links as Copyright infringement, because again, these are just links. Only the host is causing piracy / infringement. However, there are countries that considers linking as an act of distribution of an infringement material, so it is illegal for these countries.

    So there’s no way to scrape an instance to back it up as a third party?

    If you have a script, then you can. You can submit links to web archive services and they’ll scrape the site to archive a copy of it.

    I understand someone not wanting to have pirated content on their instance, but do you think mods will go out of their way to un-federate?

    Oh yes, definitely. You can count on instances defederating/blocking instances tolerating Copyright infringement activities. There are various blocklists available for instances to use, and there are groups where admins share and discuss these things.

    So, sooner or later, an instance tolerating Copyright infringement will find itself isolated and potentially an island.

    It can remain online as a regular site. It just won’t be federated with anyone.

    One more thing. There are blocklists and admins who will defederate instances just because they are not blocking certain instances. Thus, if I am running my own instance, I might be forced to defederate from an offending instance to avoid being defederated by everyone else.