by Mike Masnick
Mon, May 18th 2009 2:55am
Anti-piracy groups often have a way with massively stretching the truth when it comes to copyright law and anyone they dislike. The Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN apparently put out a wholly misleading article entitled: "You do not pay for it, it's unlawful." This line was taken from MPAA propaganda that has been sent around to public schools -- but, of course, it is wrong. There are tons of things that you don't pay for that are perfect lawful. To make matters worse, the article then accused a Dutch Usenet community called FTD of being "criminal." Knowing that it is not criminal, the group is now suing BREIN for falsely smearing its image by saying that it is criminal and for falsely portraying copyright law in the Netherlands.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Monster Corporate Sovereignty Ruling Against Russia Overturned By Dutch Court, But It's Hard To Tell Whether It's Over Yet
- The Erdogan Insult Mess: Dutch Reporter, German Politician Arrested For Mocking Erdogan; Swiss Art Exhibit Targeted Too
- BlackBerry -- Which Said It Wouldn't Protect Criminals -- Assures Criminals Its Phones Are Still Secure
- Dutch Government Supports Encryption, Opposes Backdoors
- Dutch eBook Readers Being Reminded They Don't Actually Own Those eBooks They Bought