Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Apr 2009 11:15 UTC, submitted by csynt
Legal Old World 1, New World 0. The four defendants in the landmark The Pirate Bay case, taking place in Sweden, have all been found guilty, and sentenced to one year in jail. They also received a hefty fine of USD 3.58 million to 17 American media companies, among which are Warner Bros. Entertainment, MGM Pictures, Columbia Pictures Industries, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI, Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, and Activision. The defendants have already stated they will appeal the decision.
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*yawn .......*
by cookieninja on Fri 17th Apr 2009 11:52 UTC
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Who really cares?

The fact is, this is little more significant than any 4 random members of the public being prosecuted. The only difference is that they made a website that accidentally, and quite randomly, got very popular.

One way or another, people will carry on copying and sharing, and trying to change that is a bit like trying to stop the sun rising in the morning.

There's still the ongoing battle against ISPs.

There's still the fact that encrypted file sharing hasn't even started to go mainstream.

There's still the fact that the above combined with knowing a bit more about who you're sharing with hasn't even begun, either. Right now, we're sharing with random individuals on the internet we don't know, and it's difficult to prosecute people. Imagine how hard it will get to prosecute people once this large group of people starts breaking down into inter-connected groups of people who know and trust each other?

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