Re: [Videolib] More on Pirate Bay & copyright

From: Mark Kopp <>
Date: Wed Apr 22 2009 - 09:23:09 PDT

Jessica, sometimes it appears that you just wish to argue...


Who the hell compared Google to thieves??? You object to the idea that
Pirate Bay was just like Google. Did you, or did you not, access the
Pirate Bay website? The website, itself, is Google-like (they even have
the same buttons). It is a quantified search engine. WHAT are you
objecting to? No one compared Google to thieves. I simply stated the
FACT that there isn't any information on Pirate Bay that you couldn't
glean from the Internet through Google. All Pirate Bay did was organize
it. And once again, my concern is the neutrality of the Internet. And
ONCE AGAIN, my point is that I don't want some agendized beaurocrat
determining the results of my Internet searches. Pirate Bay might have
questionable ethics and I'm not taking sides, but it isn't any different
than something like, whereby they culled the results of
specific searches around the net and organized them in to one location.
Even with Pirate Bay convicted, the SOURCES of their links are still


With each conviction, the slippery slope gets steeper and steeper, and
the teeth at the bottom of the slope are hungry beaurocrats who will
determine what information you and I are allowed to view. Are there
things on the Internet that I feel shouldn't be there? YUP! TONS of
crap!!! But who determines what is crap and what is not?





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[] On Behalf Of Jessica Rosner
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 9:42 PM
Subject: [Videolib] More on Pirate Bay & copyright


That thread seemed a bit crowded but left things dangling. I
particularly object to the idea that the Pirate was just like Google
and that to compare them to thieves was not justified. I think it might
help if folks googled some of the news articles on the trial. I found
this part of one particularly interesting

"These cases weren't decided by some local judge, either. The Grokster
case went all the way to the Supreme Court
<> , where the
seminal MGM v. Grokster decision said that sites could not avoid all
liability for copyright infringement simply by arguing that they have
some legal uses.

This was the famous Sony defense, from the case which legalized
Betamax/VCR sales. It survived both federal court and the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals, but the Supremes found that a Sony defense did have
some limits:

        One who distributes a device with the object of promoting its
use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other
affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, going beyond mere
distribution with knowledge of third-party action, is liable for the
resulting acts of infringement by third parties using the device,
regardless of the device's lawful uses...

        Nothing in Sony requires courts to ignore evidence of intent to
promote infringement if such evidence exists. It was never meant to
foreclose rules of fault-based liability derived from the common law.
Where evidence goes beyond a product's characteristics or the knowledge
that it may be put to infringing uses, and shows statements or actions
directed to promoting infringement, Sony's staple-article rule will not
preclude liability...

        On the record presented, respondents' unlawful objective is
unmistakable. The classic instance of inducement is by advertisement or
solicitation that broadcasts a message designed to stimulate others to
commit violations. "

        Whole article is here

        There are other articles which stress that Pirate Bay was
nothing like Google and was indeed set up for the purpose of helping
people illegally download material and ignored all requests from rights
holders to cease doing so.


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