April 19th, 2009

Hanakimi

Pirate Bay: a potentially explosive decision...

NB: cross-posted. Apologies to the those who see it twice.

On Friday, an European court found the founders of the Bit Torrent tracker and server, Pirate Bay, "guilty of promoting copyright infringement". The four have been sentenced to 1 year in prison each, and have also been order to pay damages of 30 million kronor.

Opponents of the decision are arguing that the founders, who are also responsible for running and maintaining the site, are not responsible for the material that users upload, as none of the files are hosted at the site. But let's leave that aside for the moment and look at the wider implications, the largest of which is, what about Google?

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