Re: Freedom of speech
"So which copyright materials have TPB directly infringed by distributing themselves?"
"Clearly their 'crime' is to state where stuff, some of which rights owners don't want you to have, is made available."
"That's the classic case arguing for for limits of freedom of speech, but this isn't an issue of public safety."
Nor is it a case of free speech.
"It's really just a way of asking us to ignore the important issues in this particular case by puffing out a smokescreen isn't it ?"
The important issue in this case has been effectively ignored by people around the 'net for a long time ALL BY THEMSELVES.
Fact 1: TPB - the people involved with it - was not convicted for spreading copyrighted material.
Fact 2: They WERE convicted for knowingly assisting others in doing so.
In other words: what TPB did was link to material but, as opposed to others, refuse to REMOVE links when informed the material on the other end was in violation of copyright.
The way the case was handled, on the other hand, stinks to high heaven, but that's a different matter. Had the TPB Four, when notified of copyright violations, blocked the torrents in question they would have been in the clear. Now? Now they are considered to have willingly AND knowingly helped out.
So keep knickers untwisted, eh?