Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 12:26 UTC, submitted by zegenie
Legal The verdict in the Pirate Bay trial surprised many people, seeing as how many errors the entertainment industry's lawyers had made, and how little understanding they seemed to have of how BitTorrent works. The height of the sentence also surprised many; for aiding in sharing just 33 copyrighted items, the four founders were sentenced to one year in jail, and a massive fine of 3.6 million USD. Well, as it turns out, we now know why we were all relatively surprised: the judge in the case, Thomas Norstrom, is member of the same pro-copyright groups as many of the people representing the entertainment industry in the case.
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Business models
by Gregory Isaacs on Fri 24th Apr 2009 07:04 UTC
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Of course piratng movies, software etc. is wrong. On the other hand big companies try to press as much money out of one product as possible. If they could i believe we would end up buying a song several times for every device you want to use it on and the whole thing tied to one person so that nobody else can use it.
I really believe that with the internet a new time has come and new business models have to be implemented because the old ones don't work anymore. Perhaps the new idea is more like sharing knowledge, music, movies, software and all that stuff for a fair amount of money. The idea of literally sitting on your property and this whole ownership stuff maybe not so up to date any longer.

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