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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Pirate Bay Warned Facebook and Twitter Could Be Threatened Too

Pirate Bay Warned Facebook and Twitter Could Be Threatened Too

Pirate Bay Warned Facebook and Twitter Could Be Threatened Too

Added: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Defense claims that the public has seen similar examples regarding copyright issues over the years, recalling how the entertainment industry targeted any new technology – from radios and satellite dishes to VCRs and DVRs.


The world’s largest BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay has faced the last day of its appeal trial of the conviction for the facilitation of copyright violation with nothing new.

The attorney for one of the co-founders of the service, Frederik Neij, first highlighted that almost each case of unauthorized downloading where the tracker has been accused of facilitating, took place in a country with laws allowing legal file-sharing (Spain, for example).

Besides, he reiterated his contention that according to the Section 16 of the E-Commerce Act, the tracker is in fact protected as transmission service. If the court allows a guilty verdict to stand, this could endanger the whole worldwide web as we know it. The attorney says that a guilty verdict for his client would automatically imply a threat to the similar online search services, such as Twitter and Facebook, especially taking into consideration that the tracker never hosted any copyrighted content, and didn’t violate the laws itself, only its users did.

Another attorney, for the second co-founder Peter Sunde, later made an attempt to get to the core of technology, which is what all the trial has been about. He emphasized how the public has seen other examples over the years, with rights owners having targeted everything from radios to DVRs.

Whatever new technology appears, large companies always claim that it is really life-threatening. In the case of The Pirate Bay, the prosecutors are also after the technology. Then, the attorney argued that since the tracker never hosted copyrighted content, it can’t be held liable for infringement, but its users can, as they are the real people who committed the violation.

Finally, the attorneys pointed out that the only figures the judges have seen when estimating financial damages have been those the entertainment industry provided to the court, but not the ones of the independent outside experts.

The court is expected to hand out its verdict in the late November, but either way it’s just a boring waste of time. It actually doesn’t matter, what the outcome of the case will be – it will still make its way to the High Court.

October 23th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-10-23 18:36:24)
spiritchaser5150 avatarThe only difference between p2p and dvr is we choose what and when from a better tv guide but it's all still digital

posted by (2010-10-23 20:23:02)
Brynn217 avatarno... there is a fee that the DVR company of choice is paying for its content... THATS what this is all about... VCR's used to be free, I pay $5.99 for my orginal TIVO now and I believe most people pay $12.99 a month for theirs

posted by (2010-10-23 21:01:15)
bajacracker avatarWhen the people can take back a little of the, "media market" for free from all of the media moguls out there like comcast, dish and directv, i'm all over it, sign me up... I don't remember my parents paying $100 a month or more to watch tv when i was a kid. why should we?

posted by (2010-10-24 00:59:46)
heatkarma avatarfor dvr i got att i pay 5 bucks a month good read

posted by (2010-10-24 05:00:58)
No avataryOU don't need to pay for a dvr i have one on my tv, not from the cable company, i do have to set my cable box to record as well as the dvr, but i can do all the same things with that that tivo can, i did have to modify it so i can watch something differnt from what i'm recording but that's life

posted by (2010-10-24 06:31:51)
No avatarIsnt this all the same as putting onto cassette the vinyl lp u all loved, like how many people have done that, and given it to their mates.

posted by Blocked (2010-10-24 22:20:16)
No avatarold old old news yeaah thats what there layer said in his closing and verdic is set to 26 november

posted by (2010-10-24 22:57:17)
u08155 avatarI don't think pirate bay is gonna pay anythin'..they are using law as hell.. :)
nd kinda funny they can't do anything. :D

posted by (2010-10-25 22:42:50)
No avatarActually you aren't paying for the DVR content, you are paying for the hardware.

posted by (2010-10-27 11:51:34)
george_lol avatarrelated on topic of pirate bay trial: http://xkcd.com/553/

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