No doubt, copyright infringement is a serious thing. And whether Pirate Bay’s torrent technology infringes copyright in digital works is currently to be decided by a Swedish court.
No doubt, many of you know or are aware of Pirate Bay, but maybe also of other possibilities to download and upload digital works.
Unlike other technologies, the Pirate Bay does not host any content itself but acts as a search engine for video and audio information held on users’ computers.
Thus, it has so far successfully dodged lawsuits for a number of years, arguing that it is a not-for-profit site. Unlike Napster and other file-sharing sites like Kazaa (which both now sell music legitimately after being on the end of a string of lawsuits), the Pirate Bay does not have a central hub that can be closed down. Besides, the Pirate Bay does not have a typical hierarchy structure and this is about to become the prosecution’s nightmare.
As the present case has the potential to get a leading one in the course of (authorised) copyright infringement, I secretly support the prosecution and hope it will not give up quickly allowing also the court to derive a sound ruling on that serious thing!