But expected, really
The Pirate Bay has lost the trial against the entertainment industry according to co-founder Peter Sunde, who cites a “trustworthy source”. Sunde, also known as BrokeP, said he was given “leaked information” last night. The verdict is expected within the next hour, however, so we'll soon see just how "trustworthy" his source …
I'm a bit sick of these twats now. I'm not averse to a bit of torrenting but their portrayal of themselves as "champions of the people" and their unswerving (and frankly ludicrous) belief that everything should be free is a load of old shit. It's only because the law moves so slowly, and technology so quickly, that they haven't been successfully prosecuted yet. And their apparently neo-nazi backers are another reason to hope that they get what's coming to them.
It's one thing to run a torrent site quietly, its another to hoist yourself up onto a pedestal as some sort of self-proclaimed Robin Hood figure. I hope they throw the book at them, frankly.
This feels to me like FUD on the part of TPB.
Two scenarios here:
1. The prediction is right, and they can claim it was pre-judged, a sham trial etc. Loads of publicity and potentially a mistrial
2. The prediction is wrong, they're innocent - who cares?
Smart, if slightly underhand move by TPB
I wouldn't have thought so.
Assuming the verdict was decided then leaked, there may have been some offence committed by someone but I don't see how that would change the facts of the case nor the verdict. I wouldn't expect any mistrial appeal to be successful on those grounds.
Plus, there is no evidence of a "leak" nor that such a leak is as it is being presented. Even if it were someone passing information pre-verdict along the lines of, "the jury seem to be leaning this way", how could that have influenced the actual verdict ?
Mistrial could only come about from influence upon the jury in coming to their verdict. There is no evidence of that.
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