Death Of a Pirate?
First off let me clarify that this post is going to be a lot more serious than my usual ramblings, It concerns the (In) Famous Pirate bay trial :
The gist of which is that a Swedish Court has held that The pirate bay by listing torrent files on its servers has violated copyright law. Here are my reasons why the Honourable Justices had their heads up their asses:
- The pirate Bay does not host any copyrighted material on its servers
- What it does host are trackers that point to files
- esssentially it functions as a search engine (much like google) enabling the downloading of files
It was the opinion of the court that merely enabling the download of copyrighted material also violated copyright law, lets extend this logical into the non electronic realm.
- I buy a lamp from kmart
- I use the lamp to kill someone
- Kmart sold the lamp to me thereby enabling the murder
- Kmart is guilty of murder
- I buy a car from BMW
- In an accident i kill someone
- BMW sold me the car hence they are liable for all damages
In fact why is youtube not being sued for violating copyrights? (perhaps Recording execs are fearful of being bombarded by mails containing the words “LOL ur a fag” ) what about google, I’m sure if i type in “download movies free” i should get atleast a million hits ( I checked, its 33,000,000) why not sue them?
To me, the reason this kind of a verdict is arrived at is because the people in power are a bunch of old farts who don’t seem to understand the rules in a digital world, not paying for copyrighted material is illegal, but like i mentioned in the start of this post, Pirate Bay did not violate copyright material because of the fundamental reason “They did not violate Swedish law”, in conclusion :It is the opinion of this blogger that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) can suck my balls
EDIT: As the bongo has pointed out in the comments, yes TPB has appealed this decision and the court case seems like it would drag out for a few more years, but the fact remains the decision by the courts was a classic case of head up one’s ass, which is what i chose to write about