Friday, January 21, 2005

More Laughing At Lawyers

We featured a some amusing emails between lawyers and the Pirate Bay, a Swedish torrent site, some time ago. Here's another ongoing ninja lawyer vs pirate conversation this time between a lawyer representing the MPAA and an admin on isohunt, yet another BitTorrent site. I don't think we've featured isohunt before so go and check it out.

via boingboing

10 comments:

ryan said...

Can a search engine really be held responsible for how people use it? I've often been able to find what I want as a torrent by using Google. Does that mean that Google should be sued? Or eliminated?

Just about anything can be used as a means to an end. If I want to obtain something that is pirated, I'll get it. Does every resource I use get blamed for the illegal activity epidemic?

mmChronic said...

It does seem stupid to go after a search engine but it hasn't stopped them taking down other torrent sites even though they aren't hosting anything illegal themselves.

It would be amusing to see Google's response if the lawyers did try it on with them.

Merg said...

It's not about legal/not legal.

It's about "we have more lawyers and more money, so we can take you down, and you can't *afford* to fight back".

Since Google has serious cash, they're likely somewhat safe.... though didn't the Scientologists persuade Google to not carry some perfectly legal material that they (the scientologists) objected to?

mmChronic said...

Thta's ridiculous if it's true! Surely if the stuff was illegal they should have got a takedown on the publisher rather than chase Google. Google should have told them to fsck off - the Scientologists may think they are big and clever when they are terrorizing individuals but I would have thought Google would have had the clout to laugh in their faces.

Merg said...

See here and here and here for the google story.

bungers said...

Shouldn't 'terrorizing' be spelt 'terrorising' by us Brits..?

I'm off to start a new campaign.

mmChronic said...

It should. I blame Merg. And the internets. Probably.

Merg said...

Based on this, it's "terrorize". (Latin root, not "-is" ending).

There's a really good rant in the front of the full OED (by a linguistics professor) about why -ize is usually the correct ending, too, which is mostly to do with etymology. Unfortunately, google has failed me in finding an online copy thus far.

mmChronic said...

I think the American version is probably now terruhize now anyway. ;)

Merg said...

terra-ize, surely? :)