Luther Blissett on Fri, 14 May 1999 19:35:02 +0200 (CEST)

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www. HELL.COM was born in 1995 as a conceptual art piece, an anti-web
that sold and promoted nothing and was not accessible to the public: a
sheer b(l)ack hole of the web. For almost three years,
HELL.COM, a site with no content, never listed in any directory nor
linked anywhere, averages of a million hits per month from people typing
the name in search engines. It becomes therefore a conteiner for
sites and art galleries in which is possible to get in only if you are
invited and whom list of member s is kept secret; it's what themselves
call "a private parallel web." The idea behind HELL.COM is to create a
launching pad for cyber-artists extremly elitist and with badly hidden
venal ambitions... a fuckin' museum!

During february 1999 HELL.COM organized "surface": a show with several
superstar net artists like zuper!, absurd, fakeshop and many more.
Like all the events by HELL.COM also this one was not available to the
public, but was opened exclusively to RHIZOME subscribers.

During the 48 hours opening  0100101110101101.ORG downloaded all the
files of the site; the clone has been put on line, this time
anticopyright,visible, reproducible and freely diffusible and, thanks to
some technical devices, even more easily downloadable.

According to 0100101110101101.ORG "the convinction that information must
be free is a tribute to the way in which a very good computer  or a
valid program work: binary numbers move in accordance with the most
logic, direct and necessary way to do their complex function. What is a
computer if not somthing that benefit by the free flow of information? "

At the moment the site is on line at the url:
The situation is constantly changing and nobody knows if and how long
the site will remain active; actually HELL.COM has already threatened
legal proceedings for copyright violations. http://www.0100101110101101.ORG/


Subject: [7-11] [fwd] WARNING1.0|||COPYRIGHT VIOLATION
Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 21:14:37 +0200
From: 011101001010110100101111100001001000110101@0100101110101101.ORG
To: 011101001010110100101111100001001000110101@0100101110101101.ORG

Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 21:42:33 -0700

re: http://www.0100101110101101.ORG/


please immediately remove this material from your server

you are in violation of international copyright laws which are clearly
posted in the copyright information contained in our source code.

also of note,

it appears as though you have violated the copyrights of quite a few
of our members individually:::::::::::::::

on behalf of these individuals we request that you also remove
these materials from your server as well


it would make sense to use your "abilities"
to attempt something *original*





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