When The Entertainment Industry Can't Legally Shut Down A Site It Doesn't Like, Bogus Charges Can Do The Trick
from the industry-bullies dept
Back in 2009, we wrote about how anti-piracy organization FACT worked closely with UK law enforcement to have the guy who operated Filesoup arrested. At the time, we noted that it wasn’t at all clear what he was doing that was illegal, as the site was merely a forum. Though some people did, in fact, use that forum for the sake of infringement, that shouldn’t implicate the forum host. And, in fact, after about a year and a half, the courts dropped the case, realizing that the arguments the industry kept feeding law enforcement didn’t add up to anything illegal. The court noted that the charges never should have been brought in the first place. Of course, that’s small comfort to the folks who ran the site and had to go through this ordeal. The site has announced that it’s shutting down, and the arrests and lawsuits were a big part of what killed it.