Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th May 2009 12:06 UTC
Legal Mid-April, the four founders of The Pirate Bay were found guilty of being accessories to breaching copyright law; they aided in breaching copyright of 33 files. As a result, they were sentenced to one year in jail and a 2.75 million EUR fine. However, it was quickly revealed that the judge in the case was heavily biased, and ever since then there's been a search for a judge who is actually not involved with any pro-copyright groups or with the lawyers working for the entertainment industry in this case. Turns out that's actually kind of hard.
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RE: Car analogy
by adkilla on Sun 24th May 2009 15:43 UTC in reply to "Car analogy"
adkilla
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2005-07-07

Maybe they should just resort to judgement by a jury?

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RE[2]: Car analogy
by StaubSaugerNZ on Sun 24th May 2009 22:27 in reply to "RE: Car analogy"
StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

Maybe they should just resort to judgement by a jury?

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If only they would make them jury trials.

However, I think that is the last thing that the prosecuting party wants. I don't think many juries would convict (unless the person was infringing copyright for profit on an industrial scale).

Plus the copyright laws may be a bit abstract for many jurors to follow. Even more important, jury trials are relatively slow and expensive so I think they are reserved for the most important cases rather than less important disputes.

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RE[2]: Car analogy
by Karitku on Mon 25th May 2009 06:00 in reply to "RE: Car analogy"
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2006-01-12

Yes, because clearly jurys are wise enough to find ex-footballer with solid proofs to be guilty of murdering his ex-wife and her lover. Oh, wait hang on...

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RE[3]: Car analogy
by sbergman27 on Mon 25th May 2009 12:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Car analogy"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Why didn't you just say "But I don't believe that the jury got it right in the OJ Simpson case"? The meaning would have been more clear. And if "Oh, wait..." posts were ever actually funny, surely that ended sometime in the mid 1990s.

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