Sunday, June 4, 2006 9:25:09 PM
I know there are a lot of people that think it's a good thing that the Pirate Bay has been temporarily closed down. I personally think piracy is a bit lame. Stealing bread for a starving family is one thing. Jacking gigs of movies is another. Although, I do see the other side of the coin. Certainly you can't compare someone downloading a movie to the price of admission (as many still like to go to the theater). In any case, my gripe isn't with piracy itself. It's actually not with the Pirate Bay either. What they're doing, in my mind, is neither good nor bad...it's simply an "interesting" experiment in jurisdiction, strength of corporate entities and, of course, copyright laws.
So what am I writing about? I'm simply amazed at how things have been handled with the actual confiscation of equipment. Apparently, there have been a number of innocent victims
whose only crime was hosting their servers in the same facility as the Pirate Bay. Sure, you could say "it's just life", but I'd think that if my place of business was completely closed down because my neighbor was suspected of doing something that may or may not be illegal, I'd be a bit upset. I hope these companies are able to weather this bit of bad news.
I guess it's a bit ironic that the Pirate Bay was down for about 2 days while many of these unquestionably innocent sites are still offline.
Such is life...