Bad Week in Piracy
After an entertaining trial replete with posturing, theatrics and serious cockiness, the four co-founders of the torrent site were found to have been accessories to copyright infringement, each face a year in prison, and must pay $3.5m in damages to Sony, Warner Bros, Columbia Pictures and others.
They even Tweeted (twote?) their verdict before anyone else could get the drop on the story.
In a video on thepiratebay.org, Kolmsioppi reacted to the monetary portion of the sentence, saying, “Even if we had the money I would rather burn everything I owned and not even give them the final dust from the burning.”
I'm sure this isn't the end, since their servers are still up at another undisclosed location.
Meanwhile, President Obama tapped RIAA attorney Ian Gershengorn to join the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. This is the 5th RIAA attorney to join the DOJ —not a promising precedent for file-sharing proponents.
Again, not a good week for pirates.