Dirty Tricks: Anti-Piracy Group Caught Planting Evidence In Usenet Case

from the that-doesn't-seem-right dept

TorrentFreak has some disturbing news coming out of the legal fight in the Netherlands between anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet community provider FTD. Apparently BREIN had somewhere around 15 "investigators" acting as FTD members -- and they may be using the actions of at least one to prove their legal point. FTD has argued, reasonably, that its members are not uploading content, but merely pointing out where it is available. BREIN argued, in response, that it was often the same users who would upload and point it out. Their evidence? A user who uploaded and pointed out the same movie. The problem? The guy who did that... works for BREIN. That sounds like planting evidence, a tactic law enforcement is sometimes seen to employ -- but BREIN is a private organization. Apparently, BRIEN is so closely tied to Dutch law enforcement that they seem to think they're part of it -- even going so far as to copy some law enforcement abuses.

Filed Under: netherlands, planting evidence, uploads, usenet
Companies: brein, ftd

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 15 Oct 2010 @ 10:18am


    one thing bothers me Mike are you saying it is perfectly OK for police and courts to plant evedence??

    Oh, no way. I most certainly was not saying that at all. I was just noting that the issue of "planting evidence" is almost universally reserved for law enforcement, so I'm not sure how it's dealt with concerning private entities.

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