posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Feb 2009 14:53 UTC
IconPractically before the trial is up and running, The Pirate Bay has achieved a major victory over the entertainment industry. On day two, the prosecutor has dropped half of the charges against the bittorrent website. The remaining charges are much lighter than the ones that have been dropped.

Prosecutor HÃ¥kan Roswall has removed all mentions of "complicity in the production of copyrighted material" from the charges, limiting them to "complicity to make (copyrighted material) available". In other words, the charges now only cover the .torrent files, instead of the material downloaded using those .torrent files. "A sensation," states Pirate Bay lawyer Per E. Samuelsson, "It is very rare that you win half the case after one and a half days and it is clear that the prosecutor has been deeply affected by what we said yesterday."

It became clear during the proceedings that the prosecutors had little understanding of how bittorrent technology works. "This is a misunderstanding over the technology from the prosecutor's side. None of the downloads presented in the court can be proved to have been made from The Pirate Bay's tracker," Fredrik Nei of The Pirate Bay explained. "Technically these guys stand a head above police technicians and the prosecutor has not really understood how it works," Samuelson agreed.

This is a major victory for the bittorrent website so early on in the trial.

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