June 02, 2006

Pirate Bay update

Writing about web page http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/02/piratebay_seeks_compensation/

By way of a follow up to a story Scott posted about the PirateBay being closed down I found this article on the register: link . It seems that the Swedish police have shot themselves in the foot over this – arresting people before they even know any crime was committed. The Bay has said that if their actions are deemed to be legal – and there is some evidence that it is – they will seek compensation. A legal expert said that this was “silly” but I would hope that they would get compensation for having dozens of police storm their offices and houses seizing their computers and servers for an act which is at best in a legal gray area.

If your annoyed by this seemingly unfounded attack from the police against the Bay then you might be happy to hear that a denial of service attack against the Swedish police website took it off line and other attacks were made on Sony BMG and Warner Music… those pesky pirates!

UPDATE (to the update): It looks like support for the Pirate Bay was bigger than I thought there's a demonstration planned in Stockholm today. As well as that it has been suggested that the act was carried out because of orders from the US (which came from the RIAA/MPAA) – if true this will be the end of the line for Thomas Bodstrom and his political life (he's the minister of justice). With elections in September this could well be the best thing to ever happen to the Pirate Party.

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  1. Christopher Rossdale

    The fact that PirateBay is a political party is most probably going to have serious repercussions later on, when they realise that they can't prosecute under Swedish law.

    02 Jun 2006, 23:57

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