1. avatar my-angel-rocks
    The Pirate Bay have lost their trial, sentenced to 1 year in prison and 3.5million dollar fine.

    Various links:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/17/pirate_bay_loses_trial/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8003799.stm
  2. avatar all-is-vanity
    Pure balls, sure just shut down the internet then. Burn the books next.
  3. avatar dodgi stereo
    They fought the law and the law won....
  4. avatar kinta1
    breaking the law breaking the law breaking the law :-)
  5. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:4c2f49a052]One of the biggest cases in file-sharing history ended last week with The Pirate Bay Four sentenced to huge fines and jail time. Today it is revealed that far from being impartial, the judge in the case is a member of pro-copyright groups - along with Henrik Pontén, Monique Wadsted and Peter Danowsky. There are loud calls for a retrial.[/quote:4c2f49a052]

    http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-lawyer-is-biased-calls-for-a-retrial-090423/
  6. avatar fastfude
    [quote:8cfc10dcfa]The Pirate Bay has been sold—and the new owners plan to make it a legal service that allows "content providers and copyright owners [to] get paid for content that is downloaded via the site."

    Global Gaming Factory X AB, a Swedish firm that runs Internet cafes and game centers, plans to buy The Pirate Bay for 60 million kronor, twice the fine that was slapped on The Pirate Bay defendants by a Stockholm court earlier this year.[/quote:8cfc10dcfa]
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/06/pirate-bay-sold-going-legit-music-biz-cautiously-optimistic.ars

    so that's the end of that then?
  7. avatar Tuesday KId
    Poor Pirate Bay, you've given me many a free night of entertainment :(
  8. avatar my-angel-rocks
    Getting $7million kinda puts a dent in their "not making any money" argument.
    The official statement though is rather sickening though: "The interesting thing is that the right people with the right attitude and possibilities keep running the site."

    Do they honestly believe that?
    I'd much prefer that they came out and said "we can't be arsed so we're taking the money and running"

    Anyway, in other news, I'm glad to see a return to the good old days where people thought that all you needed for a successful business plan was a flashy well known domain name.

    I wonder how much Fastfude.org could be flogged for (obviously to the right people with the right attitude and possibilities to keep running the site as a car insurance comparison website)
  9. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:b72123b02f]In a few days time Global Gaming Factory is supposed to have gathered millions of dollars in funding so they can acquire The Pirate Bay. But according to Wayne Rosso, the former CEO of Grokster who was involved with GGF recently, this is unlikely to happen. Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is giving GGF a week before they cancel the deal.[/quote:b72123b02f]

    http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-sale-dead-in-the-water-090728/
  10. avatar ryan.sweet
    What I don't understand is why the pirate bay has been targeted?
    Mininova is wwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy bigger and seems totally over looked
  11. avatar himynameissween
    [quote:6d07bc2aea="ryan.sweet"]What I don't understand is why the pirate bay has been targeted?
    Mininova is wwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy bigger and seems totally over looked[/quote:6d07bc2aea]SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHut up!! :eek:
  12. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:6de2e86e8f="ryan.sweet"]What I don't understand is why the pirate bay has been targeted?[/quote:6de2e86e8f]

    Because they were taunting the industry rather than trying to operate under the radar. The pirate bay was doing everything in their power to get taken to court
  13. avatar gared
    It's suprising that the authorities haven't caught on to IRC or Usenet which have been used as file sharing services since the early 1990s.