The April 14th appeal date was not met because the expert-rapport done by Dr.Ir. Pouwelse was not finished on time. Now that we have the expert-rapport, the appeal should take place tomorrow 9:30am, May 19th in The Hague.
The case will not be treated with respect to content anymore, since that happened previously. What will happen, is that the expert-rapport will be discussed and the lawyers will make a plea. Besides that, the Advocate General will have his usual rant and demand penalties.
The Pouwelse rapport (in Dutch will be published after the trial) on uploading has definitely made things crystal clear and that’s almost what I expected, almost, because it exceeds my expectations. You simply cannot deny the facts, it also confirmed the points I was making in my presentation at the first day’s appeal. The rapport goes even further in detail and dismisses the fact that the eMule credits system is effective. It also confirms that most users disable/limit/manipulate their upload.
I’m glad and very thankful to Pouwelse that the facts are confirmed and hope that the DoJ finally admits that they made a major mistake by relying on their ignorance. Hopefully they have learned a lesson so that history doesn’t repeat itself.
This should be the final ShareConnector trial of the more than five years lasting criminal and civil suits. It just shows how broken and unjust this legal system is.