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Topic # 32494 18-Apr-2009 10:32
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And so guilty they were!! "Four men behind The Pirate Bay, one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites, were each sentenced to a year in jail on Friday for breaching copyright, and ordered to pay $3.6 million in compensation."


 


http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2343238/Pirate-Bays-fileshare-four-get-jail-sentence


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  Reply # 207741 18-Apr-2009 10:39
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I have a feeling this will be one of those landmark cases that just doesn't go away for years to come.

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  Reply # 207747 18-Apr-2009 11:11
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guilty......for now.

No doubt its going to spiral out of control with 500 million appeals etc etc.

Are sweden pushing for a FTA with the USA too?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 207751 18-Apr-2009 11:53
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Peter Sunde, taunted the court, holding up a mock IOU note for 31 million Swedish crowns followed by the initials "JK"


Love it.

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  Reply # 207752 18-Apr-2009 12:04
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It's a fair cop,  in the US they could have got $1 trillion dollar fines each.

And A year in jail.  Maybe they should get tony V's lawers and they can just say, yeah, sorry and get 300hours of comunity service.

What it means for the little guy, is gehenna point, it's a landmark case.

Those four has 1,000,000,000 downloads or some insainly big figure, so they get the MAX fine.
Now when the little guy, gets to face justis he gets his percentage of that they got, based on a case by case facts.

It looks way better than the us system.  What are the jails like there? floor heating, 3 meals... sound like an IT retreat to focuse.

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  Reply # 207757 18-Apr-2009 12:48
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Surprised the MPAA didn't go for the death penalty.  I think that buoyed this success the US corps will now go after any organization that has a search  function that can lead to a bittorrent tracker  or usenet binary group. 




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  Reply # 207763 18-Apr-2009 13:03
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This is only just the beginning..


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  Reply # 207773 18-Apr-2009 13:58
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Remember in the 1900's when early movie producers relocated to Southern California to escape Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company (he basically invented the camera and film technques), which controlled almost all the patents relevant to movie production at the time. The distance from New Jersey made it more difficult for Edison to enforce his patents.

The irony kills me

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  Reply # 207787 18-Apr-2009 14:26
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sbiddle:




This is only just the beginning..









http://www.youtube.com/v/__VQX2Xn7tI



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  Reply # 207820 18-Apr-2009 18:48
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it will be google next , the ironic thing is the American courts are not as quick to shut these sites down. the isohunt court case makes for some great reading




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  Reply # 207832 18-Apr-2009 20:19
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Wonder what sort of punishment they would have got in NZ?

Internet connections cut off? Hahah

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  Reply # 207839 18-Apr-2009 21:39
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Adamal: Wonder what sort of punishment they would have got in NZ?

Internet connections cut off? Hahah


No, That would be too harse, They would most likely get off without conviction then get offered jobs.

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  Reply # 207855 18-Apr-2009 23:18
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Remember that these guys were not convicted of breaking copyright laws. They were convicted for assisting people to break copyright laws.

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  Reply # 207862 19-Apr-2009 00:24
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You could get all shady and technical with the law, but the intent of it is undeniably there.

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  Reply # 207889 19-Apr-2009 09:35
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When they ran the site http://oscartorrents.com/ a couple of years back, listing all the oscar movies and torrent links was totally outside the google search argument as no searching was needed.

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  Reply # 207890 19-Apr-2009 09:41
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Adamal: You could get all shady and technical with the law, but the intent of it is undeniably there.


But intent to do something is not an offence.

Large numbers of high powered lawyers employed by the music and movie companies were simply unable to produce evidence that these people were breaking copyright laws. Instead they were convicted for providing information that allowed copyright violations to occur.

You could almost argue that the entertainment industry was yet again laughed at by the courts - not a single court conviction in the USA for music piracy and now the biggest pirate site in the world gets a minimal fine and jail time.




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