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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RE: Comment by Jason Bourne
by tryfan on Fri 24th Apr 2009 18:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by Jason Bourne"
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If you pay attention enough, they publicly ridicule copyright holders in a very blunt way, that is to say, aiding totally copyright infringement.

This is totally false logic, since the second part in no way follows from the first.
Sure, they mock the current copyright laws (and, in some instances, the copyright holders). This is in no way illegal.
But do they aid copyright infringement? Maybe, that's a technical question, and actually has a lot to do with the way that the Internet works.
Even more important - is it really a serious crime to aid copyright infringement? Or is it more like jaywalking?
That's actually the part that the court should have considered. But it seems the judge had already made up his mind...

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