Pirate Bay Reports Anti-Piracy Outfit to the Police
Pirate Bay has asked the Economic Crime unit of the Finnish police to investigate alleged criminal actions of anti-piracy group CIAPC. Last week CIAPC copied Pirate Bay’s design, violating the site’s usage policy. In their complaint Pirate Bay cite a similar case where the owner of a parody site was prosecuted recently. “We will not stand by and watch copyright enforcing organizations disrespect copyright,” a spokesperson for Pirate Bay said.
Haha. Are they high?
The main complaint is that CIAPC copied the site’s homepage and CSS file to parody it. This is a direct violation of Pirate Bay’s usage policy which specifically prohibits organizations’ use of any site material without permission. Parody is not a defense under Finnish law because Finland is still in the stone age when it comes to free speech. Pirate Bay is banking on this anachronism.
For shame! A direct violation of Pirate Bay usage policy?! Like, OMG! How do those bastards CIAPC sleep at night?
Admittedly, Pirate Bay recognizes the irony of the case. But to avoid facing it, they have chosen to define what CIAPC did as “cyber bullying”. CIAPC is being mean to Pirate Bay online, in other words.
If Pirate Bay does win and get damages it won’t keep the money, but will give it to a 9 year old girl who experienced online harassment last year.
That way they can act like a copyright troll and still seem saintly.
If they lose, it’s a win for parody and free speech in Finland. The 20th Century will dawn over Helsinki.
Morals of the story? Parody is speech and it should be free, even in Finland, and don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.
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—what they’re calling the new massive jail they’re building on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in my state.
The headline in my local paper reads: New justice center will help reservation modernization.
There are no smartass quotes in the headline, but shouldn’t it read: New “justice center” will help reservation “modernization”?
Yes. Yes it should.
The sub-headline is: $31 million building will be largest, most modern at Pine Ridge.
So the biggest, shiniest, coolest building on the Pine Ridge Reservation will be a massive fucking jail. There’s a feather in our cap. And what makes it so modern, the whole running water and electricity thing? If you don’t know much about Pine Ridge, let me just inform you that it is the poorest place in the United States. THE POOREST PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES. Unemployment is currently 80%.
And we’re building a massive fucking jail there…and bragging about it, how it’s so needed, what with all these poor Native Americans everywhere needing locked up for, mainly, drug and alcohol crimes.
We’re actually helping these poor Native Americans, the tone of the article in my local paper suggests, by building them a massive fucking jail that’s big enough to house a significant percentage of their entire population!
Ain’t us white folk grand?