This came as a complete surprise to me and annoyingly I’m currently too busy to do anything nearly approaching researching it. I don’t think what they’ve gone to jail (facilitating the crimes (sharing of copyrighted material) of others) for is accurate or actually all that much of a crime and will watch for an appeal with great interest. If it’s a crime to link to material to which someone, somewhere owns a copyright to then there’s a serious problem for the internet. I possess the rights to the words on this blog, for example. (Except the bit in the quotes, of course.)
On a personal level I was always slightly disappointed that the “Pirate Bay 4” (who were actually the parties of a test case which affects the entire modern, information linked world) were quite as light hearted as they were. Particularly some of the quotes they gave to the press – I believe it is easier to get behind figureheads for a cause if they don’t sound like they’ve just killed someone on Xbox Live. That said, the law doesn’t apply differently to people who use “fail” as a noun and I still find the judgement surprising.
The Legality has come out with a great piece of legal journalism on the ruling and I highly recommend it:
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