“Sweden loses The Pirate Bay case – A country in shame”
Very true. But I’d like to add Sweden is also presently a country in RAGE because of the clearly political motivated and big money — oops, I meant Big Content manipulation of our legal system. Not that it seems to mean anything anymore as the (illegal) raid on TPB in 2006 has shown us.
As a reader mentioned in the previous article, Beatrice Ask (aka minister of injustice and MAFIAA groupie) was sure to be involved, probably putting more (political) pressure on the judge who wouldn”t be able to find a his digital butt with a map and a compass … or the Hubble space telescope.
But what’s this really going to change?
The answer is simple:
People like me will continue to use VPNs if we want to:
- dl from TPB, or upload on any major ‘open/risky’ site.
- Download from sites like rapidshare.
- Usenet is still very much alive and kicking.
- P2Pnet covered a post on Darknets just a little ago..
- Use clients like OneSwarm
Buy music and movies from the likes of the MAFIAA?
So is this the end of TPB?
Not even close.
The truth is: this case is going to go on for years in appeal, so it’s far from a victory for The Dark Side, other than a PR one, and God knows they can use a few PR victories as they were they are getting their behinds handed to them by ‘pirates’ and TPB crew every day of TPB spectrial — and even before that.
This actually might mean a bigger victory for the people of Sweden. Because all that anger has to go somewhere. And if it’s directed along a constructive path, it can/could open a floodgate of votes for the fledgling pirate party who have their sights set on the European parliament this year.
In conclusion: sure, the likes of the IFPI / RIAA / MPAA, etc, have come closer to ‘winning the war against online piracy’.
Just as close as the US has come to winning the war on drugs.
Ryan S www.eZee.se
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