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UK Judge: Site AND users violated copyright

   
12:33 am on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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 operators of TPB induce, incite or persuade its users to commit infringements of copyright, and that they and the users act pursuant to a common design to infringe," ruled Mr Justice Arnold.

[theregister.co.uk...]
12:35 am on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Obviously The Pirate Bay is an extreme example of copyright infringing sites, but the ruling strengthens existing law (UK) regarding use of copyrighted material, and extends it to include the USERS as well.