Pirates Strike Labels

    The owners of the Swedish site The Pirate Bay, the largest torrent tracker, have found the courage to go on the offensive on the record industry. The site is constantly trying to close under the pretext of copyright infringement, but, due to the peculiarities of the Swedish patent law, these attempts fail all the time.

    The American Recording Association (RIAA) is known for its bullying tactics (literally “bully”). Instead of tackling the real causes of piracy and changing its approach to business, the association prefers to set its lawyers on practically defenseless end users, from children to the elderly, suing them for hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars. They also like to put pressure on providers and close sites without going into details (a good example: allofmp3.com). However, the case took a completely unexpected turn.

    The Swedes were allowed to go on the offensive by leaking the internal databases of one of the RIAA performers, MediaDefender. All mail correspondence, information about phone calls and other piquant details of their activities over the past six months have leaked (torrents with all this stuff are being distributed on The Pirate Bay). The mail correspondence also included wiping information about oneself on Wikipedia, intimidation of network users, discussion of a fake site created to lure people for the purpose of further prosecution “by law”, and correspondence with hired hackers hacking and incapacitating “pirate sites” (For such an activity, there is a definition: cyber terrorism, and Green Peace is often up to its ears for this). All this comes from an organization allegedly fighting against lawbreakers.

    After reviewing MD’s internal correspondence and collecting enough evidence against them, The Pirate Bay went straight to the police, alleging espionage, sabotage, and spamming against ten local RIAA and MD companies. Among these companies are the 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal and others. Given that the authorities were on the side of the "pirates" before, the story promises to be exciting.

    PS: the Swedish “pirates” from the very beginning insisted that free music copying is not theft and piracy, as the recording industry always depicts it: when theft and piracy the owner loses property, when copying - no. However, it is much more profitable for record companies to call it theft - responsibility is higher, and litigation has long brought them substantial money. However, the Swedes decided not to resist, proving to everyone who was misleading whom and where, and vice versa - to sail further under the beautiful banner presented by the enemies. They even organized a party in the local parliament, calling it the Pirate Party, the "pirate party."

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