After the unspecified reason for the delay of the civil case verdict, it finally arrived on March 16th. The first civil case against BREIN has been acknowledged and again it’s been said that it’s no copyright infringement, however, it’s a wrongful act to index hash-codes.
The results are just what I expected, so nothing surprising here considering all the similar recent cases with just about the same conclusion we see here. The trend has been set by those ignorant old judges that fail to see the logic, contradicting with the rulings from Spain. Spain also legalized non-profit file-sharing (upload & download), which is common sense and the way forward to the world’s largest library of human creativity.
Unfortunately, this is not Spain, the Dutch legal system is dysfunctional, lacking logic and professionalism. Why does it take 5+ years and so many criminal trials to prove a simple fact? How come all the pathetic private organizations whose main interest is money and not the artists, get away with lies and deception spreading their propaganda in the media? The government takes away your property, raids homes, and destroys what you built with love without checking on the facts. That’s supposed to be justice in a democraZy huh? They must have smoked a lot of crack, or have a bunch of monkeys doing the work, otherwise, I don’t have an explanation. I could go on and on with examples but I won’t, maybe another post.
Now that I cleared that out of my head and the chapter of the civil case is closed, let’s focus on the criminal case which is due on April 14th. Early last week, it got confirmed that the second charge was dropped, that being piracy and copyright infringement. It’s obvious that their case is very weak and will be blown away when Johan Pouwelse explains his rapport to the jury. His rapport examines the various ways of avoiding/disabling uploading of data to other peers when connected with the eDonkey p2p network. It’s an important fact because uploading copyrighted works in the Netherlands is illegal, while downloading is not, go figure.
The entertainment industry’s greed is killing creativity, not file-sharing. So learn it.