Monday, 9 November 2009

Danish Anti-pirates give up

In a moment of prescience I mentioned last week the difficulty in providing an adequate standard of evidence to find people guilty of copyright infringement on the web – something that makes the concept of guilty until proven innocent particularly distasteful.

Now the Danish Anti-Pirate group have officially given up. After seven years they conclude that the chance of getting a conviction without a confession are too low to continue working to prosecute infringers.

But it's still OK to cut off peoples internet on the basis of an accusation... isn't it?

Piratpartiet and The Pirate Party -  Working for copyright reform.

1 comment:

Ole Husgaard said...

They only said so for political reasons, in an attempt to look completely helpless to make danish politicians accept three-strikes.

It was not even news, as the situation has been like this in Denmark for over a year. The only newspaper willing to bring this old "news" was one owned by a company that is fighting alongside IFPI in court to block The Pirate Bay in Denmark.

And it only lasted until today when a dutch tv-journalist wanted to cover the danish situation for a dutch youth programme, and called the antipirates for a comment.

Then they retracted. And they got their retraction out in a danish internet-only newspaper. No retraction in the newspaper who brought the old "news" - probably because too many politicians read that newspaper.

Now they claim that they can still take action against people who fileshare. And in theory it is correct. But in reality it has become too expensive and risky for them to secure the evidence they need in court.

These antipirates had what looked like an extortion racket. But now their business model is broken. Since it became clear in 2008 that they could not lift the burden of proof they have done no action against people who fileshare.

Instead they try to put pressure on politicians so they can start a new "business" model.