Matt Haughey wonders about how Slashdotting relates to sharing of Creative Commons content. We talk about this at South by Southwest . Obviously as a courtesy, the reposter should make the original site owner aware of possible slashdotting, but there are liability issues involved here. What if a mention on cnn.com results not only in a web server crashing, but also extra bandwidth costs. Presumably, the original owner will have time to foresee this effect (and actually, it’s easy to overestimate some item’s potential popularity. I was expecting my sharethemusicday essay to be slashdotted any day, so I put up three mirrors on public web hosting only to find out that my web traffic barely went over 500).
Freenet is not an efficient or popular protocol, but it is a case where a technical solution will address a sticky legal situation with creative commons.