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Submission + - Political fashion for Internet freedoms (kickstarter.com) 6

AmVidia HQ writes: Now, before you yell Slashvertisement. I'm Gary, isoHunt.com founder, and I'm not pretending this post is anything unbiased. You may have heard of its shutdown. I'm trying to continue the isoHunt legacy with a line of clothing kickstarted with my friend Cliff, blending political satire with stylish designs, that I hope to work as a form of silent protest on issues of Internet freedom and privacy. The majority of profits we raise will be donated to media democracy orgs, as stated on our Kickstarter. We also have more long term ambitions in creating a platform for politically minded artists to design clothing with *any* statement, localized to any country's politics. Designs that are crowdsourced and potentially open sourced as PSD source files.

You can call this soliciting feedback or support from the /. community which I've long lerked, so your comments are most welcomed. Particularly in how to mobilize the politically minded; we aren't kickstarting a fashion brand as much as the political messages it can carry, fashion is just the vehicle and platform we chose.

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  • You blew a lot of good will by shutting down isohunt before you were legally required to do so. It sure looked like you were trying to stop people from making a copy of the all the useful information in the community that had formed at isohunt. Do you have a better explanation for your actions?

    http://torrentfreak.com/isohunt-shuts-down-early-to-block-backup-plan-131021/ [torrentfreak.com]

    • I've said before that regardless of my reason for pulling the plug, a timeliness which wasn't particularly my choice, nothing of value was lost. isoHunt largely indexes other sites' torrents and comments/metadata are everywhere. There's Archive.org if you care about looking up what was on isoHunt, and Google for finding torrents.

      From another commenter: http://torrentfreak.com/isohunt-founder-launches-kickstarter-for-p2p-clothing-line-131215/#comment-1163735962 [torrentfreak.com]

      Also, nice sig ;)

      • Thanks for the response. If the story goes up, I'll post the question again so you can answer it for the general readership.

        Two things:

        (1) for me, that URL doesn't link to a specific comment. Maybe its because I don't use javascript or maybe its got a typo in it, I don't know.

        (2) Looks like the internet archive does have a copy of the forum, but it doesn't look like it captured the comments about the torrents themselves.

        • 1) Yes you need javascript on to see the comments on the article

          2) I guess Archive.org didn't capture everything. My point still stands that the truly unique stuff of value is the .torrent files metadata, and those are distributed by nature of BitTorrent and the Web.

          • My point still stands that the truly unique stuff of value is the .torrent files metadata, and those are distributed by nature of BitTorrent and the Web.

            On that, I must disagree. The fact that all that other stuff is available elsewhere means isohunt's unique value add was the comments and ratings on the torrents (and the discussions in the forums). It might seem trivial from a technical point of view, but that stuff is the human side of it all.

  • Selling shirts isn't topical to Slashdot, not even IsoHunt shirts. Unless, you know, there's something novel about the shirts that makes them relevant to a discussion, like built-in BT and a USB port that you can plug a flash drive into. That would be pretty neat, actually.

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