Swedish Court Gets One Right: Won't Shut Down OpenBitTorrent

from the about-time dept

With the movie industry’s lawyers recently demanding that ISP Portlane shut down the OpenBitTorrent tracker, claiming (without any evidence) that it was just a rebranded version of The Pirate Bay’s tracker, it seemed possible that the Swedish courts would roll over again. However, in a bit of a surprise, the court has pointed out that it’s a big stretch to hold the ISP liable without more evidence, and has refused to order the shutdown of OpenBitTorrent. Nice to see that the courts don’t always just accept what the movie industry says without further examination.

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DaveTheLibraryGeek (profile) says:

Re: Re: Just a tool

A tracker is a tool, the first and required step in the process of violating copyright.

or

A photocopier is a tool, the first and required step in the process of violating copyright.

or

A VCR is a tool, the first and required step in the process of violating copyright.

or

A cassette recorder is a tool, the first and required step in the process of violating copyright.

or

A floppy disk is a tool, the first and required step in the process of violating copyright.

I seem to see a flaw in your logic, but I’ll be damned if I can pinpoint where…

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Just a tool

Yawn, the same old saw, and the same old tired comments.

The objective of a tracker? To share files. What are the vast majority of the files? pirated copies.

Call me when you find that the vast majority of work done by the office photocopies is in pirated copies.

Otherwise, well. you are just spewing the same old nonsense meant to cover up the reality that most torrent sites are intentionally trading stolen goods.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Just a tool

“The objective of a tracker? To share files. What are the vast majority of the files? pirated copies.”

A tracker knows not whether a file is copyrighted or not. A knife was designed to be used as a tool to cut meat. It is also the weapon of choice for many murderers. Are we to lock up all the knife makers of the world?

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