TECH Firewalls set by apartment building

notcolin938

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So I live in an apartment complex that provides free internet via a LAN, but they have set up firewalls to prevent the use of programs such as soulseek and frostwire (to download music). I haven't tried using torrents since I don't really want the whole album, just certain songs. Anyways I've downloaded GPass which is a program runs applications through proxies and tunnels, yet mine is unable to find a tunnel. Is there any way I can run these programs with my internet problem?
 

CodeX

Pay for internet that isn't shared among an entire apartment building would be your best bet...
 

trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
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... and as far as this forum goes will be your only bet. sorry, but trying to circumvent security is not allowed in this forum. might want to look elsewhere.
 

deusexaethera

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Jan 27, 2005
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Do you live in a halfway house or something? They have no call to keep you from doing whatever you want on the internet; if they've blocked those ports it's because assholes run their BT clients nonstop and bog down the internet for everyone else, not because of ethical concerns. Ask them to modify the rules to allow a certain percentage of bandwidth to be used by programs like that, and if they don't, move somewhere else.
 

dissonance

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Do you live in a halfway house or something? They have no call to keep you from doing whatever you want on the internet; if they've blocked those ports it's because assholes run their BT clients nonstop and bog down the internet for everyone else, not because of ethical concerns. Ask them to modify the rules to allow a certain percentage of bandwidth to be used by programs like that, and if they don't, move somewhere else.
I think they have every right to block what they want. You should have discuessed this with them prior to moving it. The fact that they can have legal hassels to deal with if the RIAA or someone catches users is a damn fine reason for them blocking such programs from running.

BTW: Try just using google for you "legal" downloading needs. Thats all I've used for several years.
 

deusexaethera

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The courts have repeatedly upheld the precedent that carriers are not responsible for the contents of the packages they carry. That applies to ISPs as well.
 

critter783

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And yet, the RIAA and MPAA still demand the information from ISP/Universities/etc, even though the courts wouldn't issue an order to hand over the information. Its a huge hassle to be bullied by those big industry interest groups, and I can see why some places would want to avoid the issue entirely.
 

cmsurfer

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Jun 6, 2003
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If the apartment is offering free Internet for living there, I believe they have every right to lock it down how they see fit regardless.
 

trouphaz

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the apartment complex isn't an ISP and if they are providing it free for their residents then they are the ones who have the contract, not the individual residents. so, most likely they are the ones responsible for what is done with the network for the most part.


by the way, i just read your post a little more closely and realized you are directly asking for assistance stealing music. if you only want a few songs, you can easily and cheaply buy them from places like iTunes or whatever. you don't need to be a thief.
 
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notcolin938

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the apartment complex isn't an ISP and if they are providing it free for their residents then they are the ones who have the contract, not the individual residents. so, most likely they are the ones responsible for what is done with the network for the most part.


by the way, i just read your post a little more closely and realized you are directly asking for assistance stealing music. if you only want a few songs, you can easily and cheaply buy them from places like iTunes or whatever. you don't need to be a thief.

College student ftl, and who doesn't steal music?
 

dissonance

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The courts have repeatedly upheld the precedent that carriers are not responsible for the contents of the packages they carry. That applies to ISPs as well.
Which has nothing to do with anything here. As stated above, the apartment complex isn't an ISP, they are merely a customer. This situation is pretty much the same as if someone was using your wireless to download music and the RIAA went after you. People have used that as a defense and it doesn't work..
 

trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
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College student ftl, and who doesn't steal music?

http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=608303

it isn't about who does or does not. if you're going to check out a forum for assistance, at the very least you should check the rules of the forum. in this case, you broke 2 of them. 1) you are asking to bypass security and 2) you specifically asked for assistance in stealing something. i can't recommend how you could come up with a better way of talking about 1, but for 2 you can certainly avoid any talk of illegal activity.
 

Skankin'

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Sep 3, 2007
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Either way, downloading the music or breaking the DRM to play it somewhere else, makes you a criminal.

Just download what you like and go to concerts and buy merch. Thats what I do.

Then again, most death metal bands aren't going to sic the RIAA on me.
 

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