Friday, November 26, 2010 3:53:53 PM
Yep, the Swedish Appeal Court found Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström guilty of “contributory copyright infringement” and handed down prison sentences ranging from 4 to 10 months plus damages of more than $6.5 million in total.
This is a quote from TorrentFreak
and I consider you to go there to read details. TPB guys will be appealing at the Supreme Court and I wish them luck.
They are right, this is a political trial, Sweden just sucks US cocks. Very sad...
Thursday, March 18, 2010 11:40:57 AM
I love Spain! And now I love it even more! Some smart guys have the power in that country and they ruled that P2P is absolutely legal.
Originally posted by Jugde:
Downloading a file (from a P2P network) for private use is perfectly legal as long as there is no lucrative or collective use of the downloaded copy
P2P Networks as mere data transmision networks between individual internet users, do not breach any rights protected by the Intellectual Property Law.
, as said on SlashDot
. More info and links there. If only everyone in EU was smart and not puppets in RIAA/MPAA (read USA) hands... Oh, dreams...
Monday, March 8, 2010 11:45:52 AM
Once upon a time DRM (digital rights management) was called copy protection. But DRM "word" is a much fancier, right? But let's move to the topic (:
Ubisoft added a new type of DRM
to its games recently. They thought that if players would require constant Internet access then their protection will be unbreakable. Cracking scene loled a lot and cracked both Ubisoft's games with new DRM in one day
. The problem? Well... Currently authentication servers are down
and legal users are screwed. Yet pirates are enjoying playing games without ANY problems. Oh, irony!
This fact just proves my point of view that DRM is only limiting legal users. It does NOT protect from piracy. It has NEGATIVE impact on LEGAL users. And it forces users to pirate. And of course DRM protected content costs additional money - protection is not cheap. Why not lower prices and strip off any protection? Pros are obvious and clearly visible:
- More people will be able to buy your content for lesser price and your revenue from one copy will be exactly the same.
- Software will be much more stable because one layer of issues is stripped off.
- Your users will be happy without all the glitches caused by DRM.
- You will save money on paying to DRM developers.
Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:48:14 PM
Here in Latvia we have an organization which "fight" for artists' rights called AKKA/LAA. They are analogous to american RIAA/MPAA. And now they are dismissed by their own wish. And this is GREAT! Because people working in this agency were not correct (let me be polite) to artists and end-users. Basically they were taking all the money to themselfes simply because no one signed contracts with them. Just imagine - you have a caffee and a band. You want to play your own music in your own caffee. And guess what? You needed to pay to AKKA/LAA! For fucking what?
At last! They do not exist anymore!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:24:20 PM
reports that The Pirate Bay appeal is postponed till summer 2010
. Looks like their case will last for many years for real (: So, pirates! Load up yer torrentzzz!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 8:36:09 AM
I would like to congratulate Piratpartiet with getting a seat in EU parliament! I hope it will make our world better!
And if you still does not known anything about that, read The Register article on the matter
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 8:38:58 AM
Looks like US wants everyone in the world to implement DMCA analogues, so they made a special report listing countries with poor, as US thinks, copyright protection laws. Canada, Europe and Asia does not like that one at all. Me too. Read more on Slashdot: post #1
, post #2
P.S. I really hope Europe will not listen to US, as a developer I don't want to live in a world with stupid patents and copyrights which slow down progress and innovation and force developers to become lawyers.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:50:36 AM
As you may remember Sweden now has a new law called IPRED
, which will send internet end-users involved in piracy directly to jail without affecting service providers. So many users were worried and guys from The Pirate Bay created a special VPN named IPREDator
to protect those who wants protection.
But TPB are not the only ones who care about end-users. Earlier this month Bahnhof, a Swedish internet service provider, has begun deleting customer identification information
in order to prevent it from being used as evidence against its customers. And now Tele2, one of the largest ISPs in Sweden, joins Bahnhof
The good thing about such decision from ISPs is that in some countries businesses do really care about their image and their customers. Yes, they want to earn more money with such policies, but instead of threating their users, like ISPs do in other countries (google for it!) they protect their clients. Tele2 and Bahnhof - you are great!
Friday, April 17, 2009 1:30:41 PM
So it happened! And the result is not so good... TPB guys were found guilt, but it is not a final decision and appeal will be sent to higher instance courts. Here's a quote from TPB blog:
On friday we will get the verdict in the ongoing trial. It will not be the final decision, only the first before the losing party will appeal. It will have no real effect on anything besides setting the tone for the debate, so we hope we win of course.
A lot of additional information is available, notably TPB blog posts: about verdict
, TPB press release
and a press conference
. You should also check a Russian LJ blog post with some videos inside
and an article on TorrentFreak
with a lot of details.
Personally, I believe that they (The Pirate Bay) WILL WIN!