The Pirate Bay is A-OK.

Anybody else remember when the recording industry embarrassed itself by getting Swedish police to raid all of the servers owned by The Pirate Bay and their host, only to (surprise!) not find anything illegal?

When the site was back up two days later, they got a surge of new users, and their little intellectual property reform think tank (PiratbyrĂ„n) and political party (Piratpartiet) became wildly popular as symbols of privacy and liberty in the digital age enough that they’ve qualified for more than $100,000 for a youth political program and are expected by many to get multiple seats in their parliament. So it was basically the Streisand Effect times a million.

Well, here we go again!

On January 31, 2008, Swedish prosecutors filed charges against four of the individuals behind The Pirate Bay, a torrent tracking website, for “promoting other people’s infringements of copyright laws”.

This is being done by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (which should be confused with the International Federation of Pirate Interests). And maybe not surprisingly, the trial doesn’t seem to be off to a good start for those guys. The trial has been unofficially named “Spectrial,” a combination of “trial” and “spectacle.” Seems like a fitting name so far! With the whole world watching by following twitter posts and the like, the Pirate Bay’s defense has been making a mockery of the prosecution.

Day 1: “File-sharing services can be used both legally and illegally,” said defense lawyer Per Samuelsson. He also said, “It is legal to offer a service that can be used in both a legal and illegal way, according to Swedish law” and that The Pirate Bay’s services “can be compared to making cars that can be driven faster than the speed limit.”

Day 2: Half of the charges against The Pirate Bay were dropped.

Anybody else giggling? Yes. Everybody on the internet. That’s who.

The third day in court came and went as well, and it saw the prosecution claim damages. More excitingly and amusingly, it saw the birth of the King Kong defense. And that’s where we are now.

So anyway, things are looking good as ever for the Pirate Bay. If you want to see more delightful things that the Pirate Bay has done, go here to check out their priceless responses to the legal threats they get emailed.

Viva la internet.

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11 Responses to “The Pirate Bay is A-OK.”

  1. wineax Says:

    The internet is for porn [for porn], the internet is for porn [for porn]. So grab your dick and double click …

    Oh right … human rights … the internet is evil, blah blah blah People having free speech is evil blabh blabh blabh


    Am I getting somewhere?

  2. James Laslavic Says:

    I can definitely hear and see you bursting into my room singing that.

  3. wineaux Says:

    You know it! :}

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