It’s all been pirates this week. Pirates in Somalia and now pirates in Sweden.
They have jailed the Pirates Bay lads.
This post is not about any issues of intellectgual property and copyright.
The way Pirates Bay works means they do not host any material. It’s more like a directory or a search engine. It allows folks to share torrent files which never even pass through the Pirate Bay servers.
These lads are therfore at best tangential to IP theft but I’m not really too interested in that either though given the horrors of some of the DRM software big business has foisted upon us over the last few years I’m tempted to have at least a little sympathy for four chaps cocking a snook by basically helping facilitate the C21st equivalent of swapping tapes of speccy games in the playground.
What I’m really concerned about is it’s yet another intrusion onto the freedom of the ‘net because they are coming thick and fast these days. I really don’t like the precedent this sort of thing sets. Will Google get done for allowing one to find kiddie pr0n. I appreciate that is somewhat different as Google don’t in anyway set out to do that but why not. That would be for the children afterall so how can anyone complain? Or the current UK munterings about government “helping” fund super high-speed broadband for all (Gordoom was on about it on the telly today). That’s nice of them isn’t it? They’re all just fenceposts.