Last year Swedish law enforcement, at the urging of the US government (who, of course, was being pushed by the entertainment industry) raided the Pirate Bay and took all its servers (along with many others as well), declaring it a "significant blow" against piracy. In retrospect, many are considering the raid "botched." Not only did it fail to shut down the Pirate Bay (which was back up in a short time and became much more popular thanks to all the press coverage), it also pissed off a bunch of other companies whose servers were seized in the raid for no good reason. In response to the "botched" raid, it appears that the MPAA is now training a special group of Swedish anti-piracy police with the help of the FBI (found via Digg). This raises a ton of important questions -- that aren't easily answered by the information provided. First of all, which part of the "botching" required this response? Somehow, we think that they're probably a lot more upset that the service went right back up and became more popular -- but that's hardly something that police training is going to help with. Perhaps it's the collateral damage issue -- but, if that's the case, why would the MPAA be involved at all? That's not the MPAA's area of expertise at all. Even more importantly, why are the Swedish police taking its lessons from a private entity that is clearly biased, has been consistently wrong about the impact of piracy (remember when it insisted that VHS tapers were the Boston Strangler to the movie industry?) and doesn't follow its own rules anyway? On top of that, why then is the FBI helping the MPAA if this is really a civil dispute rather than a criminal one? It's time that law enforcement around the world started realizing that all of these enforcement efforts have little to do with actually protecting inherent rights -- and plenty to do with propping up an outdated understanding of a business model.
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