Pirate Bay Trial:Guilty

PirateAnd so the the verdict on Pirate Bay case was handed down by the Swedish courts and they were found to be guilty of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’. All 4 defendants were to be jailed for a year and pay $905,000.

At this point I’m not sure what to make of the case because there is still an appeals process, but I am just hoping that this does not affect the fight for net neutrality. Don’t get me wrong, those distributing ‘pirated’ materials should really be addressed because there’s are a lot of people who worked hard on producing them. What I am worried about is that this seems like a point that big corporations will use to advance their desires of having ‘censorship’ over the Internet.

The Internet is what it is because of the freedom of information. I know there’s viruses, spam, hacking, etc. but these are things that needs to be dealt with, the same as there is crime, scams, cons, etc. in the physical world. If these big corporations get a firm hold of the Internet and do as they wish, then the days of the World Wide Web as being a tool for research, networking and exchanging ideas might be in jeopardy.