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Half of the Charges Against Pirate Bay Dropped

Prosecution didn't understand how bittorrent works
By: Sean Kalinich | Posted: Feb 17, 2009 3:33 pm

In a pretty funny win for the scurvy crew at the Pirate Bay the charge of Assisting Copyright Infringement has been thrown out.


It has been commented on that RIAA, the MPAA and most of the lawmakers and interpreters around the world do not really understand the technology and way that P2P and Torrent works. This lack of knowledge is often seen as a hindrance and has been used by the copyright police to go after file sharers.


Today that lack of knowledge worked against them. While trying to tie several torrent files to the Pirate Bay tracking servers, Fredrik Neij had to point out that the prosecution was not quite correct. The evidence used did not show Pirate Bay trackers being used and the Prosecution failed to explain DHT (Distributed Hash Table) which can be used for trackerless torrents.


The defense says this is an amazing win for their side (Peter Sunde called it "Epic Winning" on Twitter) while the prosecution is working hard to downplay this critical mistake on their part.


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