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Half of the charges levelled at the founders of the Pirate Bay file-sharing site have been dropped.
Swedish prosecutors dropped charges relating to "assisting copyright infringement" leaving the lesser charges of "assisting making available copyright material" on trial day two.
Peter Danowsky, legal counsel for the music companies in the case, said: "It's a largely technical issue that changes nothing in terms of our compensation claims and has no bearing whatsoever on the main case against The Pirate Bay.
"In fact it simplifies the prosecutor's case by allowing him to focus on the main issue, which is the making available of copyrighted works."
The files are provided by the torrent creator initially and then by anyone else who downloads/is downloading it. There are plenty of legitimate torrents out there where companies are sharing their own work and indivuduals are sharing their own music/programs etc.
The thing is that The Pirate Bay is not making the copyrighted works available for download that's the job of the seeds. If they were to take this to its next logical level they would just shut down all torrent trackers.
If they were to take this to its next logical level they would just shut down all torrent trackers.
If the entertainment industry had its way they most certainly would, historically they have attempted to stop, hampered and in some cases killed technology. The VHS deck that could record would have never made it to market, neither would MP3 players if they had their way and they killed both the DAT format and any possibility of portable CD recorders making it to market because they were made excessively expensive with a tax that went directly to the RIAA.
We all know what the pirate bay is and they won't get any sympathy from me if they go to jail however as already pointed out this technology and other sites use it legitimately elsewhere and it should not be hampered because of one, two or even a hundred bad apples in the bunch.