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    Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 23,994 mod Sully


    Hey,

    Can anyone give me an example where a developer of a product which allowed for high illegal file sharing was prosecuted?

    Also, a case where the distributer of such a product was prosecuted?

    At least warned anyway.

    Cheers!


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  • Sully04 wrote:
    Hey,

    Can anyone give me an example where a developer of a product which allowed for high illegal file sharing was prosecuted?

    Also, a case where the distributer of such a product was prosecuted?

    At least warned anyway.

    Cheers!
    I am not aware of any in Ireland.

    Though Napster is the famous one. Sharman networks (creator of Kazaa) had their wrists slapped in Australia. During the year the US Supreme Court made video machines illegal when they found the creators of Grokster and Morpeos (sp?) guilty.




  • video machines? illegal?

    As in the VHS?




  • Sully04 wrote:
    Hey,
    Can anyone give me an example where a developer of a product which allowed for high illegal file sharing was prosecuted?

    Shawn Fanning for the original Napster, the application that lit the blue touch paper for p2p. You will find all the information at the EFF website. You will also find infomation on the case taken against the original kazaa in the Netherlands before they sold off to Sharman Networks (Australia).

    There are several P2P applications developed in Europe such as Enrique Martin's Filetopia & Pablo Soto's Manolita P2P network, the main client being Piolet. Both are from Spain. Most European developers of P2P software are involved in opensource projects based around Emule, Shareaza & various Bittorrent clients.
    So far opensource projects have escaped any court action but you can be assured that the record companies are planning to change that in 2006.

    Also in 2005 some indexing sites for the Edonkey and torrent clients based in Europe were shutdown or had to move to a safe harbour. The ThePirateBay.org remains standing and you can see how they respond to legal threats.

    You can see a copy of the judgement forcing Eircom and BT to reveal the subscription holders of leased IP addressea, requested by IRMA.


    Slightly OT - This may be of interest to you as well.
    http://ntrg.cs.tcd.ie/undergrad/4ba2.02-03/p2.html


    Cory Doctorow is a name to watch out for, He is the European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He gives a very good lecture on policy laundering available as a podcast here and well worth taking the time to download and listen on your mp3 player.




  • Cheers for that Pa!

    Just wanted to know this for myself, not for a project or anything. Cheers




  • Syth wrote:
    During the year the US Supreme Court made video machines illegal when they found the creators of Grokster and Morpeos (sp?) guilty.

    That's a little misleading. The court found that to decide on whether a product would fall foul of the law in this area, it would take into account the intent of the providers.

    See here and here for more detailed pieces.


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  • Microsoft. They stole and re-dressed a lot of code from Unix and Linux developers (shareware and freeware code) and then charged the unwitting public a licence fee for it.


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