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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

How to tit up a piracy case

The first case in Sweden of a person being charged for illegal file sharing has ended in a mess. The case was brought under new copyright laws which were intended to clarify these matters in the digital age. But they have messed up the trial so much that now the case which was supposed to be an open-and-shut precedent setter looks to have made things worse.

The guy on trial was busted by an anti-piracy group who found him sharing a movie using DC++, grabbed his IP address and got the police to arrest him. The guy confessed but changed his mind at the trial. On July 1st this year it became illegal in Sweden to download copyrighted material, but prior to this it wasn't (only distributing was illegal). So the chap now claims he had downloaded the movie but not distributed it. He was confused at the time of his confession you see. Not a shabby move on his part.

Additionally the defense seems to have confused the judges with an overload of technical information and pointing out multiple ways it might not have been the man in question due to uncertainty over whose IP address it was and whether or not it could have been an exploited network connection. In other words the defense had done their homework but the prosecution hadn't.

The verdict is due at the end of the month. Makes it nice and clear as mud for those still file sharing, that is to say everybody who can manage to turn a computer on in Sweden. This only involved DC++ where getting an IP address is simple, I haven't heard of any actions against bit torrent sharing.
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Posted by Chefen | 10/12/2005 10:58:00 PM

1 Comments:

Anonymous Philip said...

http://thepiratebay.org/legal.php


Check out these legal threats sent to The Pirate Bay, one of the most popular Bittorrent sites. Hilarious!

10/13/2005 08:44:00 PM  

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