Fourth; AND FOR THE LAST DAMN TIME: pirating ISN'T stealing.
Go tell that to the crews of parked boats off the coast of Somalia and they'll shoot you on site - if armed enough to fight back.
Wow, that's retarded, low, and a strawman. Equating rape, murder and armed robbery with unauthorised copying. Does this board come with an /ignore function ?
By sentencing these guys to 1 year they're mostly doing them a favour and crystalizing support for Pirate Bay and independent entities like Pirate Party.
Pirate Bay Supporters Throw Street Party in Moscow
"Due to outrage over the verdict in The Pirate Bay trial, the Swedish Pirate Party has gained 3000 members in less than 7 hours. It is now bigger than 3 of the 7 parties represented in the Swedish parliament. 'Ruling means that our political work must now be stepped up. We want to ensure that the Pirate Bay activities — to link people and information — is clearly lawful. And we want to do it for all people in Sweden, Europe and the world, continues Rick Falk Vinge. We want it to be open for ordinary people to disseminate and receive information without fear of imprisonment or astronomical damages.'"
The purpose of political parties is to represent interests of groups of people. Don't like the law ? Then change it. If enough people stop thinking something is wrong, then it will cease to be wrong as far as law is concerned. And the actual harm done by piracy is hard to quantify. There are positive aspects as well (for example pirates providing entertainment for owners of authorised copies in multiplayer, creating content like maps, scenarios, scripts etc).
I'm happy to see Poland also has a registered Pirate Party, although it's in early stages of development. Perhaps I'll have someone to vote for in the near future.
For the ignorant, here are some goals of the Pirate Party. It's good to know what you're talking about:
- reform the copyright law:
The official aim of the copyright system has always been to find a balance in order to promote culture being created and spread. Today that balance has been completely lost, to a point where the copyright laws severely restrict the very thing they are supposed to promote. The Pirate Party wants to restore the balance in the copyright legislation.(...)
The monopoly for the copyright holder to exploit an aesthetic work commercially should be limited to five years after publication. Today's copyright terms are simply absurd. Nobody needs to make money seventy years after he is dead. No film studio or record company bases its investment decisions on the off-chance that the product would be of interest to anyone a hundred years in the future. The commercial life of cultural works is staggeringly short in today's world. If you haven't made your money back in the first one or two years, you never will. A five years copyright term for commercial use is more than enough. Non-commercial use should be free from day one. (...)
- abolish patent system:
Pharmaceutical patents kill people in third world countries every day. They hamper possibly life saving research by forcing scientists to lock up their findings pending patent application, instead of sharing them with the rest of the scientific community. The latest example of this is the bird flu virus, where not even the threat of a global pandemic can make research institutions forgo their chance to make a killing on patents.
The Pirate Party has a constructive and reasoned proposal for an alternative to pharmaceutical patents. It would not only solve these problems, but also give more money to pharmaceutical research, while still cutting public spending on medicines in half. This is something we would like to discuss on a European level.
Patents in other areas range from the morally repulsive (like patents on living organisms) through the seriously harmful (patents on software and business methods) to the merely pointless (patents in the mature manufacturing industries). (...)
- respect for the right to privacy
Following the 9/11 event in the US, Europe has allowed itself to be swept along in a panic reaction to try to end all evil by increasing the level of surveillance and control over the entire population. We Europeans should know better. It is not twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and there are plenty of other horrific examples of surveillance-gone-wrong in Europe's modern history.
From the Principles:
We wish to change global legislation to facilitate the emerging information society, which is characterized by diversity and openness. We do this by requiring an increased level of respect for the citizens and their right to privacy, as well as reforms to copyright and patent law.
Full text here, available in .pdf and .odt :