Pirate of the day
Published: Friday 2009-04-17.
So the verdict finally fell. Both expected an unexpected, in some ways. The Pirate Bay people are sentenced to one year in jail each and a record-sized damages payment.
Oh well, time will tell whether anything follows from it, it still seems that music and movie mafia still does not get it. It is not because people want to pirate copy what they pirate, at least not among us “regular” people, it is because there are no legal alternatives that work.
I am happy to pay a euro or two to see a film over the Internet, CDon has such a service, but is forced by the mafia to limit it to Windows with Internet Explorer. Good initiative, but shot down. I am happy to buy music over Itunes, especially now that it is free from copy protection, but then I have to run Mac OS or Windows, and usually the music I want is not there anyway. I am happy to pay for watching the latest episodes of my favourite TV series, but then I have to live in the US. And when I actually buy films on DVD, I get to see a trailer calling me a criminal for even thinking about spreading the film that I have bought. And so on.