Quietly over the Thanksgiving weekend American authorities made moves against a number of torrent sites.
Following on the heels of this week’s domain seizure of a large hiphop file-sharing links forum, it’s clear today that the U.S. Government has been very busy.
Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain of a BitTorrent meta-search engine along with those belonging to other music linking sites and several others which appear to be connected to physical counterfeit goods. (More here)
In addition some of the Pirate Bay founders have been found guilty in Sweden.
The Swedish Appeal Court found Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström guilty of “contributory copyright infringement” and handed down prison sentences ranging from 4 to 10 months plus damages of more than $6.5 million in total. (More here)
All of these actions of governments are coming under the guise of copyright protection, but we can all see what this really is. A heavily lobbied government acting for the the Major Label record industry, in an attempt to strike fear into the users of the internet.
When will the majors learn that they will never be able to stop file trading? They can try forever, but for each site taken down two more spring up to take its place. Music file sharing is a given in our culture but that doesn’t mean music is devalued.
I thought we’d have had this problem solved a decade into the file sharing age. Unfortunately not. The corporations are circling weak-kneed government officials and starting to get their way. Know your rights.
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