Software Pirates Sentenced To Jail

Some will cheer, others will sympathise, but whatever your view on software piracy, this news item on the BBC news pages reports a landmark case:

A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world’s most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case.

To read the full story and more, visit the BBC news pages.

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Ian P
Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:31

“Seeding” is the term used to describe making files available to upload on a Peer-to-Peer or Torrent system, Chris. It is the act of actually making the file available to download – Drew is quite correct in that a search engine hosts none of the shared content on their own servers, only links. This is why, on day one of the trial, the prosecution dropped charges of Breach of Copyright against TPB. There was no breach of copyright taking place specifically by TPB and thus no case to answer on that count. The retention of copyrighted material you do not… Read more »

Eagleskinner
Saturday, April 25, 2009 05:31

I’ll bite Drew… Tape recorders, cassette recorders, video recorders, and even CD and DVD recorders all have one thing in common – the manufacturers thereof pay a small fee to the recording arts industries so that making copies of music tapes, cassettes, etc. for private use was (is) legal. “Now TPB guys don’t SEED” – sorry, that is a term I do not understand. BUT there will always be a BIG difference between a legally operating weapons manufacturer and ANY illegally operating business. TPB does not make anything. They “coordinate people across the world so that these can share what… Read more »

Drew
Friday, April 24, 2009 21:39

Quote “Vertigo says: April 24th, 2009 at 4:15 So you would encourage someone to pirate your payware would you ? So why release as payware in the first place ? The argument that it increases exposure means you will have no revenue because everyone will have pirated your software, making it a pointless exercise in the first place.(Doh)” Again ..not true..it is proven that many people who dload a pirated copy of a product do it for different reason: 1 somone just steal 2 some use the ….”try before you buy”….yes DEMO sometimes are too limited especially for add on… Read more »

Drew
Friday, April 24, 2009 21:34

Eagleskinner says: Quote “April 21st, 2009 at 15:22 Isn’t it fun to watch these debates? The laws on SW piracy are quite clear – and very similar to any other criminal law. Stealing is a crime (cracking registration codes). Using stolen products is a crime (using cracked software). Making stolen products available for others to use is a crime (Fencing jewels or cracked software – no difference). There is no relationship there to gun makers. Smith and Wesson don’t make or sell Colts or Rugers or Glocks, do they?” Now TPB guys don’t SEED…so what makes them any diferent from… Read more »

Ian P
Friday, April 24, 2009 19:35

Vertigo: What law are TPB breaking that Google are not? It’s very worth you explaining the legal reasons, if your intent is to explain to people why what they are doing or thinking is wrong. Right now, I’m calling your bluff, I don’t think you truthfully know of a single legal difference. The comparison is particularly apt, seeing as one of the top results in any Google search for software, film or music titles is a link to TPB – normally within the top three. Google actually profits from searches for illegal software, which in any rule book is worse… Read more »