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Tortured for truth

Dear friends, Right now, Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning is being tortured in a US military prison. Manning is subjected to utter isolation that can drive many people insane, with short periods each day where he is stripped naked and abused by jeering inmates. Manning is awaiting trial for releasing secret …

Defective by Design

DRM is a scheme of the past. Why the iTunes store is still florishing, I can only guess. Ease-of-use and tight coupling with the Apple product line (lifestyle) might be the reason. Since april, all of the iTunes songs are DRM-free. The problem is, this right is not invoked on …

Swedish Justice

If the judge was involved in three major copyright organisations, with members including several of the prosecutors, how unbiased can his judgement be? Hit the image for fail-graph. (see Torrentfreak for more details) And more importantly, why didn’t this news break earlier … Peter Sunde’s lawyer has already appealed for …

Oil

“Intellectual Property is the oil of the 21st century.” Mark Getty, chairman of Getty Images, one of the world’s largest Intellectual Proprietors.

The Pirate Fray

At 11 AM this morning, the Swedish court declared the verdict in the The Pirate Bay trial: all four defendants found guilty, a hefty fine ($3,620,000) and one year jail time for each of them. After following the trial closely for 2 weeks on this blog, I can only conclude …

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Spectrial, day 8

Due to a very busy day I didn’t have the time to fully cover today’s episode of the #Spectrial. For excellent coverage of the events, I happily refer to Torrentfreak. Just some side remarks and thoughts on today’s events behind the cut. I’ll get back to you tomorrow!

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Spectrial, day 7

The trial against the Pirate Bay kicked off again (see brokep’s Twitter) at 13:00 today. You can find a convenient schedule of the hearings coming up at QbatHQ. The next three days will consist of so called witness hearings (am I the only one thinking witness sounds a bit off …

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Spectrial, day 5

Today Peter Sunde (brokep) and Carl Lundström were questioned by the prosecutors. In summary, Peter Sunde did a really good job at choosing what and what not to answer. It’s appalling to see how many questions were unrelated to the (remaining) charges in the trial, and how many of these …

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Spectrial, day 4

Of all days in the The Pirate Bay trial, this one was the most difficult to cover. Several of the prosecutors got to talk to TiAMO (Fredrik Neij) and Anakata (Gottfrid Svartholm Warg). A lot of questions and responses were out there, the Twitter feeds translated them live at a …