Pirate Bay Wants IFPI To Pay Up For Danish ISP Block

from the poking-ifpi-with-a-stick dept

The folks behind the Pirate Bay certainly aren't ones to shy away from a fight. In fact, they seem to enjoy it. The latest is that they're demanding compensation from the IFPI for downtime associated with the IFPI's successful efforts to force Danish ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay says it will ask for a "reasonable" sum, rather than an extraordinary amount as is typical of the entertainment industry. It also says it will use any money it gets from the IFPI to fund Danish artists who want to give away their works online. While the guys at the Pirate Bay reasonably complain that the entire lawsuit between the IFPI and Danish ISPs never involved The Pirate Bay or gave the site a chance to make its own argument (despite being entirely about the site), this request for compensation may be pushing the boundaries a bit -- especially considering that even The Pirate Bay folks have admitted that the ban eventually resulted in more traffic. Perhaps they should send some money to the IFPI to thank them for all that "free" advertising.
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  1. identicon
    Matt, 16 Apr 2008 @ 12:42am

    Re: a lawyer once put this wording perfectly, in fact today

    From this article (the lawyer who monster stupidly tried to sue) - linked - http://www.audioholics.com/news/industry-news/blue-jeans-strikes-back

    he says: " After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1985, I spent nineteen years in litigation practice, with a focus upon federal litigation involving large damages and complex issues. My first seven years were spent primarily on the defense side, where I developed an intense frustration with insurance carriers who would settle meritless claims for nuisance value when the better long-term view would have been to fight against vexatious litigation as a matter of principle. "

    This is the answer. You lose a helluva lot more longterm money if you settle and wuss out on these lawsuits. In contrary, piratebay is going strong and then some, and people are resorting to illegal methods (IFPI for one) to try to shut them down.

    Principle = all. Short term = how much will this cost us in court. Long term = what will this do for our business.

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