Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:17:11 PM
From InformationWeek :
A file-sharing site on trial in Sweden for allegedly infringing on film and music copyrights caught a break from prosecutors Tuesday.
The Pirate Bay is accused of making copyrighted materials available to Internet users for free through BitTorrent. On Tuesday, during the second day of the trial against the site and its operators, prosecutors scaled back the charges, acknowledging that the site didn't copy the files. The site no longer faces charges of copying or producing copyrighted material.
The remaining charges accuse the Pirate Bay of complicity to make the copyrighted works available.
Though the move cut the number of charges in half, the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) issued a statement explaining that the change simplified the case for the prosecution.
"It's a largely technical issue that changes nothing in terms of our compensation claims and has no bearing whatsoever on the main case against The Pirate Bay," Peter Danowsky, the lawyer representing the music companies in the case, said in a statement released through IFPI. "In fact, it simplifies the prosecutor's case by allowing him to focus on the main issue, which is the making available of copyrighted works."
BMG, EMI, Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG, Universal, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. are among those accusing the Sweden-based site and its operators of copyright infringement. They're seeking more than $12 million in revenue losses.
The Pirate Bay's servers don't host the material, but the Motion Picture Association of America said its operators have profited "by enabling the illegal distribution of audio-visual and other creative works on a vast scale."
Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:12:39 PM
From InformationWeek :
A Swedish court has ruled against the founders of the Pirate Bay, a file-sharing Web site. The four men, on trial for infringing on film and music copyrights and making the copyrighted works available, were sentenced to jail and fined Friday.
Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundstroem were sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay compensation and damages totaling $3.6 million. A message on their site before the judgment vowed that "the losing party will appeal."
After the verdict Friday, this message was posted on the Pirate Bay:
"So, the dice courts judgment is here. It was lol to read and hear, crazy verdict. But as in all good movies, the heroes lose in the beginning but have an epic victory in the end anyhow. That's the only thing hollywood ever taught us."
The Pirate Bay was charged with making copyrighted materials available to Internet users for free through BitTorrent.
BMG, EMI, Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG, Universal, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. were among those accusing the Sweden-based peer-to-peer site and its operators of copyright infringement. They sought more than $12 million in revenue losses.
The defendants caught a break from prosecutors in February, when charges were reduced. Prosecutors acknowledged that the Pirate Bay didn't copy or produce the copyrighted material, and pursued instead charges that the site's operators were complicit in making the copyrighted works available.
The move was attributed to "largely technical issue that changes nothing in terms of our compensation claims and has no bearing whatsoever on the main case against the Pirate Bay," Peter Danowsky, the lawyer representing the music companies in the case said at the time.
The Pirate Bay launched in 2003.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:03:17 PM
I didn't because I was too busy when it all began, oh well. Looks like I've got a lot
of reading to do.
Did you take part? Give a shout about it!
Monday, March 30, 2009 7:20:48 PM
I was looking up about the case between Opera and Microsoft with Mozilla, Google and another third-party the other day and I read that Opera wants Microsoft to bundle other browsers with Windows. I am on Opera's side but I think that pre-installing alternative browsers by default is a bit much. Microsoft should make IE uninstallable and that's it. Mac has Safari bundled, but it can be removed. Linux has Firefox, but that can also be removed. If Microsoft is reading this, make IE uninstallable, end of.
Monday, March 30, 2009 6:59:27 PM
I'm now a proud member of the Opera Campus Crew! It feels great to be with the community and to be helping other people to understand the World Wide Web. Feel free to comment.
Monday, March 30, 2009 6:56:06 PM
I'm getting articles saying about version 4.3 of Opera Mini. I have seen the build with number 13337 and I'm not sure if it's an official version. If anyone wants to comment on what they think it is or how it was leaked, go right ahead!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:40:41 PM
Safari 4 is a significant refresh of Apple's browser and looks like a Windows native app. It features a great set of enhancements and features including their Nitro JS engine (formerly known as SquirrelFish). It runs JS up to 3 times faster than Firefox 3 and 42 times faster than IE7. It however was the first browser to fall in the PWN2OWN event which shows that although it's easy to use, it's also easy to hack.
IE8 has made a name for itself when they introduced a switch in Windows 7 to turn it off! That's right, Microsoft made IE8 optional probably due to the EU troubles they've been having.
Mozilla have changed Firefox 3.1 into 3.5. Shaver said “It’s important to note that 3.5 represents a better labeling of our current scope, and not an indication that we intend to significantly increase this release’s scope any further.”
Google Chrome 126.96.36.199 has full screen browsing but it's not really needed due to the lack of chrome Chrome has (bad pun). 2.0.169 fixes a few stability problems and glitches with this feature and includes an updated version of V8.
We are uncertain what impact Carakan and Vega will have and if IE8 is the last IE with Trident or will be the last of IE. Happy browsing everyone!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 8:01:31 PM
Hi ya! It's that time again! Let's sit back and relax with this: http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/ykgEuXrbUcc8bsnH
Don't forget to leave comments!
EDIT: The above link no longer works
Monday, December 15, 2008 8:05:07 PM
Wow. It's all I can say, wow. The Opera 10 alpha is astonishing. I'm not talking about the features, but I'm just amazed at the sheer speed of the Presto 2.2 engine (but IMO Presto is a feature, a great one too.)
Plus I got my Ubuntu 8.10 LiveCD today!
Also, I'd like to say congrats to the Opera Desktop Team and everyone who made it possible.
Happy surfing (and good luck on Opera 10!)
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