Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:06 UTC
Legal In a textbook example of "dweilen met de kraan open", the landmark trial against Torrent website The Pirate Bay will take off today in Sweden. The founders of the torrent website are charged with aiding millions of internet users gain access to illegal content. Basically the entire entertainment industry is amassing against The Pirate Bay, making this one of the biggest trials against internet file sharing in history.
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by wowtip on Mon 16th Feb 2009 23:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Also"
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It's a big deal not because of the (lack of) seriousness of the crime, but because of the wider implications of the outcome no matter which way the judgment goes.

And because lots of people see this as a trial ordered by the copyright holder industry... And because of the uncertainty if "assisting in copyright violations" is even a crime according to swedish law... And because of the kind of harsh punishment and fines and damages demanded by MPAA and their friends.

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