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Author Topic: Interview with Dread Pirate Robert's mother - Silk Road  (Read 175 times)
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« on: July 24, 2014, 09:58:53 AM »

I debated putting this in this thread: Interview With "The Dread Pirate Roberts" of The Silk Road, but figured that the issue deserves its own title and thread.

Issue: Can a web site owner be put in prison for something that somebody else posts on the web site owner's site?

Here's an interview with Ross Ulbricht's mother, Lyn Ulbricht.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7xkjcTKVfI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7xkjcTKVfI</a>

At the beginning, Alex talks about related issues he's personally encountered (6:00~6:20 contains a tl;dr). Interview starts at about 6:20:


tl;dr - This fight is about the transfer of intent, e.g. I post something potentially illegal on your site, then you get charged for it. Good discussion there though, and worth a listen.

The interview is very good. Lyn gets to talk a lot about the trial and what is going on. She talks about the underlying issues and some of what they are doing with the lawyers.

Here's the site to free Ross:


Roger Ver has helped the effort incredibly:


I posted about that here:


Here's an example of a list of URLs that are illegal in Germany. (I've broken the URL so that it doesn't link.)

http : // web . archive . org / web / 20140707204711 / https : // bpjmleak . neocities . org /

Here's a brief quote from that page (no URLs - only commentary - much is highly technical):

I wouldn't recommend visiting any of those URLs though. Actually, I would strongly recommend against it.

The URL may have been changed if the Wayback Machine buckles to censorship.

But, if you posted those URLs to a site, you might be endangering the site owner. Or, that's what the issue behind this case is.

Check out http://freeross.org/ for more information on the issue.

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 11:16:16 AM »

Does sound pretty scary tellme

Lyn Ulbricht comes across as very intelligent - I was trying to find a better interview, but the couple of others I found were much worse (and this one isn't great).

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