Court Tells Pirate Bay Founders They Can No Longer Work On The Pirate Bay

from the yeah,-that'll-work dept

You can't say the entertainment industry isn't persistent in their attempts to shut down The Pirate Bay (though, a portion of the site's popularity can be attributed to their neverending campaign against the site). While the industry won its lawsuit against four of The Pirate Bay's founders earlier this year, the ongoing appeals process is taking too long for the industry -- and the court had not issued an injunction against the site, so it's still running (though, plenty of users have since bailed out due to concern about the failed attempt to sell the site). Still, the entertainment industry has been trying a bunch of different ways to shut down the site in the meantime. Initially it got an ISP serving the site to stop, which caused a brief downtime. However, the latest, as pointed out by brokep, is that the industry appears to have convinced the court to bar two of the defendants -- Gottfried Svartholm-Warg and Fredrik Neij -- from doing any work on the site (Google translation from the original, so would appreciate any detail corrections if the translation isn't accurate).

It's difficult to see what this accomplishes. Brokep points out that the two aren't involved with the site in the first place, and don't live in Sweden any more as well, so it's not clear what this does. On top of that, even if they were involved, it's not like others wouldn't quickly take their place anyway. The whole crusade continues to be a massive waste of time and resources by the entertainment industry for no clear gain.
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Filed Under: copyright, fredrik neij, gottfried svarthold-warg, lawsuits, sweden
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    Tor (profile), 30 Oct 2009 @ 12:12pm

    Re: Re: Error in the linked article + a couple of reliable sources

    "So the concept that the distribution of legal material would be harmed by shutting down TPB is a laughable concept at best."

    If I'm not mistaken the court may only consider the information actively presented by the parties involved (that was the case in the ISP injunction case and I assume it's the same here). From what I have seen the plaintiffs have not provided anything that dispute the statement that a significant amount of material spread via TPB is done so legally and the judges say themselves in the protocol that there is no reason to doubt this information. Neither have the plaintiffs argued about the overall contents of TPB (unless I have missed something) but rather concentrated on the works relevant to this case.

    If the court were not allowed to consider other things than what the parties presented in the ISP case, why should it be any different in this case? Besides the whole case is not about TPB as such but only about a couple of hundred works.

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