Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish, comes out in theatres Friday, March 18th. Advertising has not been very good, yet it has been compared to The Social Network as far as intricacy and craftmanship. The acting has been said to be good, with unique music and sound.
The movie is about a copywriter who discovers a top-secret drug which gives him super human abilities. This downloadable movie is rated PG-13 and will be available via the Internet soon.
About one week ago P2P monster lost a court case in the Swedish court system. The four key players for the company were all sentenced to jail for 1 year, and fined 3.5 million dollars. The case against them was brought on by Warner Brothers, Sony Music, and EMI. But incredibly, Pirate Bay is still up and running as usual. Seemingly a victory for the media giants, it now appears that the Pirates Bay is actually benefitting from some sort of backlash affect from the conviction. Now many IPS providers will not block the Pirate Bay and now that are not going to keep records on any websites activities on their network to avoid future lawsuits that could develop.
The Pirate Bay has taken an openly aggressive stance in regards to the legality of what they do. Furthermore, they seemed to get no resistance from the powers to be. Eventually, under pressure from media giants from Hollywood, and overall over the globe for that matter, the Swedish government took action.
The case started back in 2006 when the Pirate Bay offices were entered by authorities and arrests were made. The backlash was increased awareness of the Pirate Bay, resulting in growth in the company. The company actually doubled its membership during this troubles time.
So the ultimate battle of content rights versus copyright laws begins. By trying to aggressively shut the Pirates Bay down, Hollywood has unwittingly made the Pirate Bay a poster site for battling the copywriter’s position. After the original raid back in 2006, membership in the Pirate Bay soared. This seemed like open support was being given to the site.
In the trial the defense team stood firm on the ground that there is nothing illegal about what Pirate Bay was doing. If someone using the site was breaking copyright laws themselves then they should be held accountable, not Pirate Bay. They took the example of a Pirate Bay user named King Kong. One EU directive already states that an information service provider is not responsible for the information that is transferred through the service. In order for the service itself to be responsible, they must initiate the transfer. In the case of Pirate Bay, the website does no transferring.
All transfers are done by the users on the site, like our “King Kong” character. In order for Pirate Bay to be even an accessory to any crime that a user might commit using their service, they would have to have a close tie to the user being accused. No such connections were ever proven. Accusing the Pirate Bay collectively for a crime possibly committed by King Kong, that the Pirate Bay has no close connection to would violate the concept of normal legal grounds.
Never the less, the owners were convicted of accessory to the crime against copyright law. All other charges were dropped in the case. The fact Is that this ruling has angered the public, and even some musicians and other people seemingly on the other side of the fence. We will be waiting to see where this leads.