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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Dutch Man Pursued for Linking to Freeware

Dutch Man Pursued for Linking to Freeware

Dutch Man Pursued for Linking to Freeware

Added: Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
An individual from the Netherlands is currently being sued by RealNetworks for linking to freeware. The reason is that the application in question, named RealAlternative, is viewed by some as a competitive product to software distributed by RealNetworks. As for the plaintiffs, RealNetworks claims that the freeware is infringing on its trademarks. The company is demanding that the accused individual hand over all his computer equipment in the investigation.

As you understand, software developers usually create freeware for different reasons. For example, they can do it to test their development skills, or just to make people’s lives a bit easier without any financial incentives. Usually website owners like freeware, as they sometimes come with licenses letting them to be redistributed or linked to without worries about copyright troubles.

Hilbrand Edskes was of the same opinion until he got a legal notice from RealNetworks. The matter is that codecpack.nl was linking to freeware named RealAlternative. The media reports reveal that there have already been a couple of court sessions. According to the reports, in December the Dutch individual will have to testify under oath.

Meanwhile, there’s quite a heavy pricetag attached to the lawsuit. Up to date Edskes has incurred almost $100,000 in legal fees, which considerably cut his savings, hindering the man from purchasing his own house. Moreover, if Hilbrand Edskes loses the case, under the country’s law he would be required to cover all legal fees of RealNetworks, which were estimated at about another $110,000.

The industry observers unanimously claimed the case in question was absolutely ridiculous. If the case will be settled in favor of RealNetworks, it’s hard to imagine what would be next – perhaps, Microsoft suing every service containing links to Linux OS distributions or even Adobe pursuing every site linking to GIMP. Moreover, the assumptions were voiced that this would the kind of software censored under the controversial PROTECT-IP legislation. The scheme is very convenient for some businesses: those who don’t like their competition may simply demand broadband providers to censor them. Today the scheme can be clearly seen with RealNetworks case, and the other companies can follow its example and adopt similar policies of using copyright and trademark legislation to crush all competition.

August 31st,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-08-31 14:54:10)
DigitalDome avatarYes the case sudn't b in favour of Realnetworks....

posted by (2011-08-31 17:48:06)
madwiggyNLD avatarlol funny post . i dont know why they make a big deal of it. look at other codec packs k-lite of better Quicktime alternative lol.
Hope the duch guy wins ! but i think not ;(

posted by Turtle (2011-09-01 04:26:41)
julio99 avatarIt's like for some reason these judges deciding these cases seem to favor big buisness. Once again the little guy will probably get slammed in favor of big money!

posted by (2011-09-02 06:40:59)
Scribble avatarman i was gonna make a site similar to his with links to freeware glad i didnt no way could i pay them court fees and if they took my pc i would really be screwed

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-09-03 06:15:18)
fusseltier avatarcorporations have more rights than people in america

posted by Blocked (2011-09-04 19:13:28)
No avatarRealNetworks are obviously a TOTALLY SAD BUNCH OF COMPLETE MORONS. I wish each and every one of them could be sued for millions of dollars for falsely pursuing someone ursuing their legitimate human rights.

The Dutch authorities should have immediately thrown this legal action OUT WITH THE SEWAGE, together with any Dutch judge involved in this sad and very sorry saga!

posted by (2011-09-05 08:39:04)
Darkan9el avatarI so hope he wins and sues the ass off them, I can't stand realplayer or any of their software, but as a protest to the company I'll be downloading realalternative.


posted by (2011-09-05 08:44:25)
Darkan9el avatarOh, I also think they have done themselves more damage than good.

1. They have just highlighted an alternative to their software that is probably better and less intrusive.
2. They pick on the little guy, so now they are bullies
3. I will never use realplayer etc and I'll be telling anyone and everyone I know not to, so that's three more people lol!
4. er! it will cost them money regardless... way to go, nice publicity stunt... NOT!

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