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Posted: September 30, 2010 in Shubham's Posts
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This is continuation of my blog post Software Privacy and Ethics dated 24th September, 2010. The news is that the four men behind The Pirate Bay have gone to court on Tuesday to appeal against their sentence. The following article appeared in Mashable, an internet news blog  on 27th September, 2010.

The Pirate Bay Appeal Begins Tuesday

The four men behind The Pirate Bay will go to court Tuesday to appeal their sentence of one year in jail and $905,000 each in fines. Eight trial days will occur before October 15.

It’s been a rough ride for the surprisingly resilient BitTorrent website, which shut down its tracker 10 months ago but remained operational in a bare-bones sort of way. The advocacy organization that founded the site closed its doors in June.

In April, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of assisting in making illegal downloads of copyrighted content possible. All four pleaded not guilty and appealed the ruling, essentially claiming that they weren’t responsible for how people they had never met used their technology.

As TorrentFreak notes, this appeal is light on flair or publicity, unlike the original case. The first case was a media frenzy. Its developments were prominently featured all over Twitter, tech blogs and even mainstream media. This time, not even The Pirate Bay, which is known for mocking its enemies, has acknowledged that the appeal is currently taking place.

I sincerely wish that this appeal is rejected as this would be a big victory for the anti-piracy movement. This case could be a milestone and would act as a deterrent for people trying to get involved in piracy. The result should be publicized widely to have a greater impact.


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