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A High Court judge has ruled that notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay and its users violated the copyrights of nine record labels based in the UK. None of the founders of the website were represented at the trial in London. "The matters I have considered in relation to authorisation lead to the conclusion that the …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    too late?

    does anyone actually use TBP anymore?

  2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    "notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay"

    I thought they were just indexing torrents?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Let the show begin in the UK now. These record labels really take the biscuit when it comes to protecting their criminal lifestyles.

    Any Judge can give orders on the tiniest of pretexts of inciting and inducing something as flippant as referrring to the Koran, Bible or Torah !

    Whats are we coming to??

    And they want ACTA AND SOPA on top of that!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      They were also hosting the trackers when trackers were required.

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        1. phuzz Silver badge

          Re: Re: No...

          In case you've not been paying attention to the news, just linking to infringing content is enough nowadays.

        2. Tom 13

          Re: Re: No...

          If you link to only 1000 movie sites hosted elsewhere, and do so KNOWINGLY, you are still inciting to infringement. And frankly, I'll be more than happy to buy the hangman his noose after you are convicted.

    2. James Micallef Silver badge
      Thumb Down

      Re: Let the show begin

      You sir, write words of paranoia and craziness!

      You might not like the copyright laws, but whatever the record labels are currently doing is legal. Record labels are out-of-touch, dependent on an old business model, and behave extremely greedily, but they are certainly not "protecting their criminal lifestyles".

      I would like to see a world where creators get fairly paid for their work, consumers can get access to creative works for a reasonable price, and the middle-man who currently takes an unjustifiably large slice of the pie is cut out. However "a reasonable price" for consumers cannot be "free" as in "gratis", otherwise piracy will kill the creative industries (bad thing) as opposed to just killing the bloated middlemen (good thing).

      I believe this can be done without drastic measures such as ACTA and SOPA, and for that to happen, I as a consumer want to support any effort that allows me to legally BUY at a fair price content that I want as directly as possible from the creators. Large-scale piracy closes down that sensible middle ground and just gives the lobbies and politicians further excuses to impose ACTA-SOPA -like legislation onto law-abiding consumers.

      And WTF have the Bible / Torah / Koran got to do with it?

      1. Steven Roper

        "Whatever the record companies are currently doing is legal"

        Only because the fuckers bought and paid for the laws that make it so. That doesn't make what they do right. I could theoretically get away with murdering babies with pickaxes if I had enough money to pay off enough politicians to pass a law making it legal to murder babies with pickaxes. Doesn't make it a good thing to do though!

  4. Anonymous Coward 15

    I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved

    Who goes to Pirate Bay thinking it's all whiter than white?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved

      Lots of people here seem to think there is nothing wrong with downloading from torrents, so I'd conjecture that quite a few people go to TPB thinking that it's all fine. Unless that is that those people really know that it's not alright and they're just blustering about trying to justify their actions, but that would never happen, would it?

      1. Killraven

        Re: Re: I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved

        There are a lot of people like myself who go there only to download missed televisions programs that I already pay for the right to view, via my cable company.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Re: Re: I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved

          cough... ... cough

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      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Re: I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved

        The really big problem is that if you rely upon enforcement to protect the so called infinite copyrighted works is that you will have to throw 70 percent of the people in the 18 to 29 year olds who have illegally downloaded music! If that happens, there will be a serious discussion about copyright laws and the legitimacy of the governments involved with enforcement. Perhaps the world needs to take a second look at the infinite copyright laws and patent laws.

      3. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

        Re: Re: I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved

        Taking at face value statements attributed to The Pirate Bay and its apologists, they seem to sincerely believe that copyright isn't a moral or enforceable exclusive right in the modern world. At all. I think they are mistaken.

        You ever read a story called "A Logic Named Joe"? Written before personal computers, a "logic" is a sort of networked home computer, and Joe has a bug, of sorts: it lets anyone on the network access anything. Fortunately, disaster is mostly averted.

  5. Nigel Brown

    Lets be honest

    Will this in reality affect anyone with more than half a clue? Newzbin showed how p*ss easy it was to get around the site blocking, and no doubt TPB will be able to do just the same.

  6. Chris Collins

    Moving target

    Surely the fact that it appears to run off of random people's laptops means it will be quite difficult to get rid of? It's a truly distributed application.

  7. Kevin Johnston

    Thin end

    Reading the conclusions in this case, it appears very much that the distinction of how TPB are jointly etc etc can be directly applied to YouTube etc since as far as I am aware, whilst they announce that they will respond to takedown requests, there does not seem to be any attempt to make the uploader take responsibility to any copyright breach. This would be an admission that illegal uploads happen and that it is down to the copyright holder to find out and ask for the removal.

    I can't believe that they could not have come up with a more precise form of words if they were that determined to find a way to block TBP.

    As noted in other comments here though, the main offenders have moved on and there are so many more sites out there this effect of this case is to simply add weight to the rolling stone of big brother style censorship as the more they win the more they will go after until the courts are desensitized and sites are blocked 'on the nod'.

    1. John G Imrie Silver badge

      until the courts are desensitized and sites are blocked 'on the nod'

      At which point 'sites' will disappear and the whole thing will move onto what ever edonkey morphs into.

  8. Martin 73

    applicability to Scotland

    Surely this ruling has no basis in Scotland so we shoudl be able to access TPB north of the border unless there is a similar ruling in the Court of Session? Anyone know if this is right or not.

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: applicability to Scotland

      Good point - the High Court's jurisdiction is England and Wales.


      1. Irongut

        Re: Re: applicability to Scotland

        Except I bet no UK ISP will bother to check if your'e in Scotland or NI before blocking such sites. I wonder if we could sue them for that.

        1. heyrick Silver badge

          Re: Re: Re: applicability to Scotland

          Err, didn't the EU say last week that wholesale *blocking* of sites was a no-no?

        2. Kane Silver badge

          Re: Re: Re: applicability to Scotland

          Depends on the specifics surely? Where the ISP servers are based, not the customer receiving the connection to them? What if you live literally yards over the border in Scotland, but your ISP is based south of the border?

          IANAL, but as this is all new territory as far as applicable process is concerned, won't any actions hereafter set the benchmark for future actions?

          1. The First Dave

            Re: Re: Re: Re: applicability to Scotland

            Sooner we get our independence back again, the sooner issues like this will get sorted out...

  9. The Original Ash

    Totally ineffective

    I would hazard a bet at this being a DNS block, meaning the IP address will still work You can just add that to your hosts file and carry on as normal. Failing that, there's VPNs, proxies, I2P, Tor, Freenet...

    This is not how to beat copyright infringement. You do it by offering a better service than the pirates. The last game I pirated was Quake IV, and I bought that on Steam anyway. The price was right, and the convenience of not having to trawl through buggy or virus infected cracked executables was the clincher.

    Right now I would have to spend many thousands of pounds to buy the music *I already own* to fill up an iPod. That just isn't fair, guys. I don't care if it's the law; I'm just not going to do it, and making circumventing DRM illegal won't stop me. The same applies for trailers at the beginning of DVDs. I want to skip them and watch the feature, but I can't. I know it's collusion between DVD / Blu-Ray player manufacturers and the media companies making me watch that dross when I try and play something on the TV. (Incidentally, this doesn't affect me, as I watch my DVDs from my PC through VLC media player. If I couldn't do that, you can bet I wouldn't be buying anywhere near as many DVDs as I do.)

    TL:DR; So what? "The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Totally ineffective

      Pirating W40K off the pirate bay actually persuaded me to buy it.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Re: Totally ineffective

        "Pirating W40K off the pirate bay actually persuaded me to buy it."

        Really? Buying W40K actually persuaded me to go and pirate it as the DRM was so annoying."

        1. My Alter Ego

          Re: Re: Re: Totally ineffective

          The sensible thing to do would be to keep using the pirated version, but at least you still legally own a copy of the game.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Totally ineffective


      Hide My Ass and all is well.

      1. Rob 44

        Re: Re: Totally ineffective

        Hide My Ass?


        Seriously, anyone that thinks that the owners of that site won't roll over and hand over your details to big brother is an idiot and quite frankly deserves to be caught sentenced and fined.

        Hide My Ass is fine if you're a schoolboy trying to look at porn in the library, other than that it's so dodgy it's not even funny.

        1. CD001

          Hide My Ass?

          HMA is fine if you're not using it for anything dodgy ... they're a legit company so of course they'll hand your IP address over the the rozzers on request.

          It's useful for confusing YouTube as to your location, or bypassing company restrictions on which websites you can visit... I wouldn't trust them enough to actually log onto anything through the proxy mind.

  10. g e

    Buy your media secondhand

    There. I said it.

    Again ;o)

    OK some stuff is not the same secondhand (games with used-up online redemption codes, etc) but CD's, DVD's .. all the same so long as the packaging is in good nick. Take someone's no-longer-wanted purchase off them for a great price and keep that sale away from Big Media. If you want to make sure the 'artist' benefits then buy a t-shirt, go to a gig, send them an Xmas card with a fiver in it.

    Which reminds me... you watch the secondhand games market take a shit-kicking when the next gen of consoles come out. The games won't be any cheaper, either, even though they're largely free to distribute online through XBOX market, etc.

    1. The BigYin

      Re: Buy your media secondhand

      And this is the point of UltraViolet, On-line digital content etc. It kills the second-hand market.

      Stallman was right.

    2. CmdrX3

      Re: Buy your media secondhand

      Which is fine for for most things except PC Games which are usually tied to specific accounts now, so I'm stuck with several copies of Bad company 2 which I played for a week and 2 copies of Black Ops which to this day don't work right.

      1. CD001

        Re: Re: Buy your media secondhand

        It's going the same way with consoles now... PS3 games are beginning to be tied to your PSN/SEN account for online play now; the death knell for the for the second hand console game market hasn't been rung yet but I think it's coming. I suspect it'll gain traction with the next generation of consoles (PS4, XBoX 720, whatever).

        I hope you didn't pay for those extra copies which didn't work properly; just because the games can't be resold that doesn't mean you have to accept faulty goods.

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  12. Will 20

    It's not up to the judiciary to decide how to prevent piracy - merely to determine the legitimacy or lack thereof.

    And I think they've ruled quite well on this one.

  13. Shane8


    When one torrent site gets blocked another 3 open up...TPB has been under threat for ages and is still up, if it gets blocked there are still plenty of others out there which can be reached in a instant via google.

    Nice of the government to waste time and money on the things that really matter.

  14. ACx

    I trust you lot complaining or gloating about get-arounds are also lobbying your local MP's and what not. Seems to me there is much complaining on internet forums, but absolutely no pestering of MP's. And one really think Ministers lurk on internet forums like this?

    People in the UK need to do what people across Europe do, get of your lardy keyboard warrior arses and make damn sure the politicians know how you feel. If you dont, we will all end up royally screwed.

    1. Doug Glass

      Sound and fury ...

      ... signifying nothing. I think one of your dead guys said that.

    2. Doug Glass

      You expect them to actually leave their basements?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @Doug Glass "...leave their basements"

        Attics/bedrooms usually. We don't do basements much as they tend to fill with water (our climate, see).

        1. Mephistro Silver badge

          Re: @Doug Glass "...leave their basements"

          "We don't do basements much as they tend to fill with water (our climate, see)."

          Oh my Gawd! An indoors swimming pool!!!

    3. Mark 65 Silver badge

      "lobbying your local MP's"

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. You know nothing of UK politics. Lobbying works for big business with big money. The little guy that actually really counts i.e. the voter just gets fobbed off with a bit of boilerplate on headed paper.

      1. CD001

        "lobbying your local MP's"

        I'm sorry, someone seems to have mistaken the UK for a democracy?!*

        You'd be better off lobbying the Daily Mail and watching the reaction slowly cascade up into the ranks of government as it seems our politicos only react to media-backed moral crusades these days.

        * a FPTP system with more than 2 political parties cannot be truly democratic; odds are, whoever is in power they'll have had a minority of the population voting for them; with 3 parties it's quite possible for the government to be made up of a party that 65% of the population voted against.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    the last thing i 'pirated' from TPB was a copy of Windows XP home edition OEM which i owned a license for anyway but because HP no longer supply XP home CDs and MS stupid licensing meant that officially i had to buy a new Windows license rather than just let me download an iso from their website to be able to reinstall Windows on a laptop i owned the only place i could get a copy of the software was from TPB.

  16. Stratman

    If, as I understand it, sites like Pirate Bay don't host the files themselves but just pointers to them, how are they any different to Google, which also has links to torrents?

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Google is what we call a VERY BIG COMPANY - this means it has lots of $$$ and so laws don't apply to it.

      TPB is what we call a VERY SMALL COMPANY - it doesn't own any politicians but Hollywood does - so it's illegal.

      1. mjwalshe

        and google

        Is not 99% infinging content

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not news

    Anyone with a clue knew years ago that TPB and it's users violated copyright laws. That is why TPB principals are fugitives from justice with a bounty on their heads.

    It doesn't matter how many torrent sites there all. All that matters is that facilitators or piracy and pirates get punished for their crimes. If that means $10K per copy or prison time, so be it.

    If you're dumb enough to pirate, you're dumb enough to be punished.

    1. NukEvil
      Big Brother

      Re: Not news

      If you're dumb enough not to own enough slaves to work your land, you deserve to lose your land.

      A couple hundred years or so ago, you could legally own slaves in most of the civilized world, and it was pretty much a requirement to do so if you owned (i.e. stole from natives) large tracts of land and needed cotton or other crops planted on them. IIRC, the last country to practice slavery was the United States, and even they eventually abolished slavery (after a few small rebellions and a civil war).

      So, just because it happens to be legal or illegal, doesn't mean it is right either way. And if people see a problem with the current copyright laws, then it is their prerogative to do whatever is necessary to change or otherwise break said laws. It's pretty much a given that these laws will be changed one way or the other, be it from mass protests, hacktivism, or simply the passing of time.

      Big Brother, because he had lots of slaves.

      1. Turtle

        Re: Re: Not news

        "Big Brother, because he had lots of slaves."

        The "slaves" in this matter are the people who produce the music, films, photographs, games, software, and all other work that gets stolen and for which they don't get paid.

        It is the torrent sites, the "cyberlockers" and companies like Google that appropriate the work of other people, reduce its value to a pittance, and then take that pittance for themselves.

        And all these people who produce this work, without having any say in the matter, end up working for the profit of a *very* small number of people: the venture capitalists and stockholders of Google and their ilk.

        Good work guys, supporting the concentration of wealth in an ever smaller number of hands, and the expropriation of actual working people for the benefit of that very small number of exploiters who profit from the current arrangements.

        1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

          Re: Re: Re: Not news

          Not "stolen". This is Copyright Violation, which is entirely different. Stealing something is the act of taking without permission an item or resource and in doing so preventing the legitimate owner from using it. [roughly the equivalent from the legalise]

          Copyright Violation is simply making a copy or close enough facsimile of something when you do not have the right to do so. If in doing so you are not paying for a copy of the version then you are depriving the victim of the *potential* money but you are not, and never are, *stealing*. If you would never have paid money for the resource in question then how can you be said to have "stolen" anything. Even the idiot statement that companies such as "BSkyB" are making are propagating this fallacy and it is of course purposely spread through "FACT" and other similar lobby and scare-mongering institutions.

          This isn't to say that Copyright Violation isn't bad because it is - if you may have paid for a copy of something but then choose to make a copy anyway but not to pay for it then you are depriving the original creator of the money you would have paid. The original creators put time and effort into creating it and should get some form of reward and typically this is money. The issue of the grossly unfair split of this money is another matter altogether but through its nature tends to be mixed in with this.

    2. PT

      Re: Not news

      In order to be punished, you first need to be found guilty - by a jury, in many cases. We are already approaching a point where you could not get a jury of under-30s to convict in a copyright case, at least not without careful packing - I mean, jury selection. These potential jurors will not become more copyright-friendly as they get older. So whistle in the wind, copyright maximalist - whatever happens in the short term, sooner or later copyright will become unenforceable, having been destroyed by its strongest proponents.

    3. riparian zone

      Re: Not news

      Not forgetting the meedja industries that stuck their fingers in their ears and went 'lalalalala' as the interwebs grew. Seems that you have forgotten the fact that publishers take the lion's share of profits and are thus the injured parties - artists and creative types have always have had to fight for a living.

  18. LOL123

    Business Model

    What about a business model where the DRMd version is first purchased, if you don't like it refund (maybe not 100% depending on the product), otherwise a DRM-free version and no refund.

    Discuss.. :)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Business Model

      How about you pay for the goods or service or you don't get access to it? Do you think it's free to produce a good or service?

      1. Erno Aho

        Re: Re: Business Model

        Hi from Finland! My ISP has blocked access to ThePirateBay and a lot of people are pissed off. This is one of the reasons why one of my musician friends decided to compose and release a 30-minute composition called "The Battle for Free Internet". I think you may like it. You can find it from here:

      2. Deano2099

        Re: Re: Business Model


        Yes, that's the current model.

        How's it working out for you?

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Interesting Wording

    "... they and the users act pursuant to a common design to infringe" seems intended to open up the possibility of an 'organised crime' or 'conspiracy to ...' tag.

    1. P. Lee Silver badge

      Re: Interesting Wording


      "Common design" would also seem to scoop up the ISP's, not from a network provisioning point of view but, "You increased your download limits far beyond what non-infringing requirements are likely to be and knew exactly what it would be used for."

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Spent a while this morning unsuccessfully looking for a torrent for an album I used to have. Eventually resorted to listening to all the tracks on youtube. Finally discovered that I still have the disk so I've burnt it to my hard drive, Have I broken any laws here?

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: Searching

      In the UK, yes. You are a dirty criminal as you performed the heinous act of 'format shifting' without obtaining the copyright holder's prior permission.

      You do realise that such acts are funding terrorism and organised crime at this very moment?

      Think of the children!

      1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

        Re: Re: Searching

        On this topic, Apple should be sued because iTunes specifically facilitates the illegal shifting of format from one to another without obtaining the copyright holder's prior permission.

        ...and we already know that Apple doesn't think of the children appropriately enough given the sweat shop factories they use.

        Seriously though, Apple is one of the companies that has put pressure on the UK government to align this law with that of the rest of Europe, let alone elsewhere.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's all good

    The sooner TPB is gone the better. The more pirates they prosecute the better. It's all good. Those who can't live within the laws of society get punished. You're free to do whatever makes you happy - but there are consequences for your actions.

    1. Goat Jam

      Troll Score: B-

      The post lacked the subtlety required for a truly outstanding troll.

      Or, to put it in Internet vernacular; Obvious troll is obvious.

      Must try harder.

      B minus

    2. heyrick Silver badge

      "Those who can't live within the laws of society get punished."

      And who gets punished when the laws are bad?

      Recently the US Supreme Court modified copyright which would appear to have retroactively included out-of-copyright works. Yesterday you could host those old b/w movies yourself, and're a criminal...

      That's sort of what the argument is about, the law applied to society is being *bought* by big media to support their business model with little thought about the end user, hence DRM (look at how few dedicated *HD* media recorders are around) plus laws against format shifting. Should I buy a CD and pay *again* for a digital copy to put on my phone? In law, yes. But is this because this is fair compensation to the songwriter, or because the record companies thought this would be good for business and lobbied hard for it to become so.

      just because "society" has rules doesn't mean those rules are good or fair. There are so many examples in history, one common today is that a teenager of a certain age is old enough to give his life for his country, but is too young to vote out the bastards that would use him for cannon fodder. Slavery has already been mentioned, women voting, etc etc.

      tl:dr: Rules and laws are moving goalposts, changing through time. The problem is the current behaviour favours content producers a little more than Average Joe might consider reasonable. Good laws need to be balanced. These aren't.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It's all good

      the laws of society? You are quite naive if you really believe that. Society has nothing to do with the laws of the land. They are installed and maintained by the ruling classes to control the rest. The law only applies to those that can't afford to pay. Look at the raft of footballers and celebrities who can drop a few quid into the court's pocket and make it go away. The law is there for those that can afford it. A district attorney told me that.

      Theft is relative, depending on who is the richest person attending the event. If I walk intto a bank, withdraw a trillion pounds, and then not pay it back that's robbery and I go to jail. If a banker withdraws a trillion pounds and then refuses to pay it back, that's banking.

      Reconsider the "society" you see around you.

  22. hplasm Silver badge

    First they came for the copyright infringers-

    And nobody said anything much.

    Then they came for the trolls, and everyone cheered.

    Anonymous internet tough guys- sound like pirates to me...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: First they came for the copyright infringers-

      There is that, but on the other hand, everything was nice and worked well before torrents became popular and people 'knew about downloading'.

      I hope a few more high profile sites get shut in a show of force (we all know it makes nowt difference), and things carry on back on their merry way. Maureen and Dave don't ask little Johnny to download them Clifford Ricardo's greatest hits, out of fear of prosecution.

      Meanwhile, anyone with half a technical brain carries on like the old days.

      AC, of course.

    2. Dani Eder

      Re: First they came for the copyright infringers-

      And they responded by developing the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, Tor, and, for traditionalists, Sneakernet.

      Sure, creators should have the right to profit from their work, but non-commercial sharing has always existed. We used to loan DVDs at work to each other in the days before broadband. Before that people made mix tapes on cassette to play in the car.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Google Newzbin. They are currently holidaying in a Spanish domain. Presumably their users followed and are enjoying some winter sun while it lasts. You would have to shut down most of the Internet to stop such sites simply moving to a different domain, whose name doesn't even have to relate to the old one. If The Pirate Bay moved to, or whatever, Google would still index their pages, which all say 'The Pirate Bay', and they'd be up and running again.

  24. geejayoh

    I am not a freetard...


    the only thing I have to say on the matter is, you cannot have one rule for one, and one for another.

    Hypocrisy is the worst of any moral offence.

    The Pirate Bay, as much as I dislike it, INDEXES torrents. So does Google.

    It's not a straw man argument. Technically they are doing the same thing, just through a different protocol. In fact, Google probably links directly to some illegal downloads.

    QED. Attack all, or no offenders. Not just the most (in)famous.

  25. b166er

    At last, a sensible and just outcome in the UK, that uses technology intelligently to prevent the infringing of copyrighted works - NOT!

    The higher you climb, the more your heads are in the clouds.

  26. Danny Roberts 1

    Legal methods...

    I know this is the situation on the American side of the pond but it seemed appropriate;

  27. Tony Paulazzo
    Big Brother

    >Pirate Bay AND its users violate labels' copyright - judge<

    The Music And Film Industry Association of America AND the Recording Industry Association of America corrupt human civilisation - citizen.

  28. mark 63 Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    If google stopped indexing sites like this how would people find them them when they switch to a new URL?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You've hit the nail on the head there. Without Google, torrent sites would be nothing. Since TPB doesn't have ALL the torrents, when you want to find some content it's just as easy to Google 'moviename torrent' and choose from the list of torrent sites it finds for you. The only way they will stop such sites is to put a lid on Google. The content producers know that, and you can bet they're working on ways to force Google to 'remove all links to site xyz'.

      1. Serif

        And when the Google links disappear I expect we'll see sites of links to those disappeared links.

        So where does the liability stop? If I have a site that links to a torrent tracker for a copyright work then I'm in the same position as TPB. If you now link to my site, are you equally culpable or less? How about if someone links to your site? Then how about if someone has a Google search link on their site? As things stand I'm pretty sure the law at present could be used to prosecute anyone using an Internet connection.

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How's that denial working 4 U?

    Every week more pirates and hackers get prosecuted. Evidently denial isn't working too well as a legal defense. Being Anonymous does not appear to make you anonymous...

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The walls are crumbling @ TPB

    They fought the law and the law won. End of discussion.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The walls are crumbling @ TPB

      How has the law won exactly? As far as I can see TPB is still up and running and will continue to do so, being blocked in the UK won't affect TPB.

  31. andy 45

    re: The walls are crumbling @ TPB

    That doesnt make it right Anyway I think the battle has only just begun.

    I'm quite sure google lists more copyright infringing files than TPB, probably by 1000-fold, 10,000-fold -- A lot anyway.

    TPB has no control over how much infringing material it links to, just like Google. They should not be picked on like this.

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