Piracy on the high comments page
The Devil is an interesting bloke, but he tends to keep to himself, so allow me to advocate.
PirateBay is not Google, Microsoft, Sony or Toyota. Your analogies are inept. Sony does not sell Walkmans pre-loaded with gigs of unlicensed copyright material. Google does not solicit donations in return for hosting torrent files and a torrent tracker. Microsoft does not encourage, condone, turn a blind eye to or feign ignorance of software piracy. Toyota does not equip its vehicles to automatically accelerate when approaching stop signs.
The lawyers involved in this case are not making bags of cash from the phonogram industry, this is a criminal prosecution.
The difference between the Pirate Bay making copyright material available and Blockbuster doing it is that Blockbuster has paid a license fee to the copyright holder for this very purpose. Pirate Bay material is not similarly covered.
The Pirate Bay, despite what some people here seem to believe, is not a mere link aggregator, like Google or Yahoo! The Pirate Bay hosts torrent files and trackers to facilitate P2P file exchange. They decide what torrents are available on their site and trackers. The Pirate Bay is not a technology; it is not the photocopier, the VCR or the BitTorrent protocol. If you want to use BitTorrent for legitament purposes such as downloading Fedora you go to RedHat's tracker. BitTorrent, like DVD burners and high-powered rifles, has many uses. The Pirate Bay exists for one reason only - as the name suggests, to provide a haven for piracy.
If facilitating copyright infringement is a crime*, then writing it off as a fair accompli is not an appropriate response in an enlightened society. Arguing that copyright infringment is here to stay and we need to adapt our business models around it isn't much different from arguing that fraud, robbery, assault, rape, murder and usury are something we should accept too. Crime exists, does this mean we should simply let it exist? Or should we rail against it and attempt to prevent and discourage it where-ever possible, to the appropriate standard or justice?
* If on the other hand, copyright infringement has been unjustly maligned and, like for example The Register's favoured vices pot smoking or prostitution, should not be a crime, then make that your argument and take it to your democratic leaders by whatever means neccessary.