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 AdamW on Sun 24th May 2009 17:11 UTC in reply to "Car analogy"
AdamW
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2005-07-06

Thom should probably have worded the post better. It's not that they're 'pro-copyright' exactly - being in favour of a widely supported legal mechanism isn't that controversial. It's that they are or have been members of industry-based groups with enthusiastic views on the ways in which such laws should be enforced, and future ones written.

Imagine, for instance, if a judge presiding over a movie copyright infringement case in the U.S. turned out to be a member of the MPAA. That would be rather more troublesome than if the judge had, at some point in their life, said "I think the principle of copyright is a good idea".

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RE[2]: Car analogy
by raboof on Sun 24th May 2009 18:04 in reply to "RE: Car analogy"
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2005-07-24

I understand the nuances - that ';)' wasn't there for nothing, ya'know...

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