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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by abstraction on Fri 17th Apr 2009 14:59 UTC
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I wish to give my two cents here.

First of all - they knew they had pirated material on their website and they never denied that. The porpose of the site was to let people share files with eachother. Pirate Bay made no attempts to hide the fact that they did not care a single bit wether the .torrent files pointed to illegal content or not because of the simple fact that there is no law that says you can be charged for something a user share. It is like if you sell a Honda motorbike that can go 300km/s. It would be stupid to think that if the buyer exceeded the speed limit the seller of the bike would be charged for the crime.

No the outcome of this trial is seriously wrong. A site owner can not be hold responsible for illegal actions by its users. If I would post a link to a .torrent file here - will OSNews be in jeopardy of beeing illegal?

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