Copywright CrackDown


It appears the US government is attempting to do something about piracy.  Limewire being shut down in October appears to have been only the beginning. At least in the US.

The seizures came after a Senate committee unanimously approved a controversial proposal earlier this month that would allow the government to pull the plug on Web sites accused of aiding piracy. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) allows a Web site's domain to be seized if it "has no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than" offering or providing access to unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.

"My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!" quoted from the owner of torrent finder.

This is interesting and it raises the question.  Obviously they will require other governments cooperation to shut down international piracy but unless they can....

The owners of Pirate Bay were shut down.  The lower court had sentenced the men to a year in prison and set damages at about 30 million Swedish kronor ($4.2 million). The new ruling raises the damages another 16 million kronor and cuts Neij's sentence to 10 months, Sunde's to 8 months, and Lundstrom's to 4 months, based on each man's individual activities with The Pirate Bay.

Pirate bay attempted to overturn the swede judgment.  They were shot down with no luck.  Despite these judgments pirate bay is still up and running.  

Many believe that this is the end of file sharing.
What do you all think?

13 comments:

Das Auto! said...

these guys are just scapegoats because of their notoriety. if you search a torrent's name on google, you'll see a thousand sites like pirate bay. also, pirate bay has a section making fun of letters they have been sent by lawyers lol, so i think they stirred the pot a bit.

The Game Store Guy said...

I will be completely honest in saying that I am not sure. While I am not a supporter of file sharing, I am also not ignorant concerning its presence in the community.

Many people thought that the breakdown of Napster was also the end of file sharing, yet it popped up again in many other ways. Limewire actually developed from Napster's fall. While I can't really lean one way or another, I think it's at least a fair assumption that other devices and sites will crop up.

Ratch said...

is there a list of what sites are going to be shut down?

whatshouldibuytoday said...

omg i heard about that... wonder what's gonna happen next... i honestly don't think much will change in the long run though.

Gerlof said...

Thank god the Pirate Bay is still online

Prof said...

They cannot tame a monster... and boy the internet is some monster....

Yakoi said...

I think they should stop fighting a losing battle. Pirates have been around since pre-history. Large government action isn't going to succeed where all other actions have failed. Live with it and get over it...it happens. Stop trampling on my civil liberties is what I say, they didn't get voted into office for that!

Sugar said...

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i_love_weed said...

it is impossible to stop filesharing and it redicouls they even try.

Amberclad said...

THE INTERNET IS FREE.
fuck the government

SuciƓ Sanchez said...

Obviously a job for "Homeland Security".

Sinisa said...

good blog...

icequeen100 said...

Wow, didn't even hear about limewire being shutdown, but I suppose that's not a shock. Though many people used it, I was never a huge fan.