Dutch Court Questioning Why Police Outsourced File Sharing Evidence Collection To Industry Group
from the anti-piracy-group-is-not-the-police dept
The specific case involves a lawsuit that was brought years back, where the owner of the site ShareConnector was eventually cleared on all charges. However, more recently, the Danish Department of Justice decided to appeal. However, TorrentFreak notes that the court has adjourned the case to ask why it's a criminal matter, and why, if it's a criminal matter, is BREIN so involved:
The Court wants the prosecutor to explain why the Department of Justice decided to go through with criminal proceedings in a case where a civil one would seem to be more suited. In The Netherlands copyright infringement related offenses fall under civil law unless they are very severe, which doesn't seem to be the case here.Perhaps BREIN and Dutch law enforcement groups will be reminded that BREIN is not, in fact, part of law enforcement, but a private industry group.
In addition, the Court weighs in that the evidence in this case has been collected by the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN instead of the local authorities.