Trial of the Century (but probably not)
Clearly not taking to heart the Leia maxim I pointed out recently, another content owner organization is taking to the legal system to solve their piracy problems. Â In this case, though, it is the Swedish government, on behalf of Hollywood et al., that is trying to eliminate a pesky business model upsetting technology, The Pirate Bay. Â Janko has the all the important information over at NewTeeVee, but to really get a flavor of events in Stockholm, everyone should check out the trial site maintained by the legendary Pirate Bureau themselves. Â It gives a great flavor of the intelligence, humor and overall snottiness of the Pirate Bay crew that has endeared them to millions of pirates (and others) over the last few years.
I predict two things to come from this trial. Â
First,Â Hans Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde (the three main admins behind the site) will from a media relations standpoint run rhetorical rings around their opponents. Â They are experts at it and the spectacle will actually be the most entertaining element of the trial, without a doubt. Â
Second, and more important in the long run, nothing that happens legally at the trial will make any difference in the real world. Â Guilty, not guilty, it won’t matter. Â If the Pirate Bay site is taken down, if the admins are put in jail, if they receive a huge fine, etc., it will have no material impact on the availability or speed at which illegitimate content gets shared via Bittorrent or other networks. Â Other sites will just pick up the slack. Â Nothing will be achieved, other than to create far more publicity for the site and to engender more sympathy for the admins themselves.