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Old 6th February 2012, 21:03   #4
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Let's call a spade a spade. Piratebay isn't just criminal, it's very criminal. It's likely organized crime criminal.

The trick here is to get rid of the criminals without wrecking the internet. I don't think I have a problem with Dutch courts blocking this particular site. I don't think that's a problem. It remains to be seen whether this sort of thing will get applied unjustly.

Making ISP's responsible for what their customers do is a problem. It's likely to result in unintended censorship. If you start punishing ISP's for the actions of their customers, ISP's are likely to become overly cautious about what they host.

A web that was applying "fair use" to copyrighted materials might not get hosting. Nothing forces an ISP to host anything.

It's funny. Everything I upload to Youtube seems to have an "owner" that wants to step forward and claim pictures of my dog.
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