Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Jul 2009 15:46 UTC
Legal Yesterday, the Dutch online community was surprised by a verdict from a judge who declared that The Pirate Bay had to make itself unavailable in The Netherlands. This verdict was cast in a case the Dutch RIAA/MPAA-like organisation BREIN had started against The Pirate Bay. With it being a widely known and established fact that downloading copyrighted content off the internet - even if the upload was illegal - is not illegal in The Netherlands, where does this verdict come from? Is it truly a win for the entertainment industry, and a loss for Dutch consumers? Not really - the situation is much, much simpler than that.
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by Kokopelli on Fri 31st Jul 2009 17:00 UTC
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So Thom were you lazy or are you being intentionally biased in the way you are reporting this. Those are the two adoptions near as I can see. The judgement in Dutch. The English translation seems to be unavailable now (darn but the summons was not to twitter and facebook alone. They used:

- Swedish authorities,
- Swedish bailiff
- email to the defendants' known e-mail address from which at least one of the defendants have replied in the past.
- The domain holder's e-mail address
- A letter to the lawyers from the last court case.
- registered mail to each of the defendants addresses.
- a Twitter post
- a Facebook post

So I would say it is hardly likely that they were unaware of the case. This ruling may, and quite possibly will, get overturned once the defendants have someone show up in court. That does not mean the "let's ignore it and hope it will go away" defense will work in the meantime.

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