by Mike Masnick
Tue, Dec 18th 2007 11:00am
Russia is certainly not known for its willingness to follow American-style copyright laws. About the only time you hear about such things are either after the US has been pressuring Russia, or when Russia is using copyright laws or as a tool to silence critics of the government. It's not clear if either situation is at play here, but apparently someone in Russia has been found guilty of sharing some software via BitTorrent. What's much more interesting, however, is that this lawsuit looks like it may have the opposite response that the software industry wants. While Big Copyright players always talk about how they need to go after file sharers to "educate" people, that education can go the wrong way as well. Supporters of the guy who was found guilty are now trying to spread the software he was accused of distributing even more widely than before, calling attention to how silly the case was in the first place. That's probably not the type of education that the software industry was hoping for -- but it should hardly come as a surprise. After many years of playing a pointless game of whack-a-mole, it appears that people certainly know what's illegal and what's not, but they still choose to take part. At some point, you would think that the industry would stop fighting it and start looking for ways to embrace the trend.
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