File sharing arrests move to Germany
Skyload.net gone, operators arrested
German-language news sites and blogs are reporting that file locker site Skyload.net has been shut down and its operators arrested.
According to Germany’s Netzwelt (‘Networld’), the Dresden Attorney General’s office conducted the shutdown in response to a complaint led by that country’s copyright agency, GVU.
Skyload.net is accused of having uploaded more than 10,000 movies to Kino.to under a paid affiliate program.
According to Telekom-Presse, the arrest and shutdown took place last week (bad Google translation here). That post also compares Skyload.net and Kino.to as having a model similar to the more famous file-locker shutdown, Megaupload.
TorrentFreak reports that the German authorities have arrested “Maik P”, probably Maik Pätzold, owner of the Skyload.net domain; and “Marcel E”, presumably Marcel Edler, who is listed with Pätzold as a contact for Skyload.net’s hosting provider, Virtuell-host.de (which is also currently offline).
The authorities say that after Kino.to was shut down, Skyload.net continued its uploading activities, switching to alternative sites like KinoX.to. ®
If you look at the total percentage of each country's GDP that the "entertainment" industry adds to, it's sad. Sad in the fact that they give so little to the economy, and are able to get laws enacted that can destroy any of their citizens. just to protect the profits of a few.
Germany changed it's laws recently and tens of thousands of people are being sued for every file their IP ever downloaded with any bittorrent program. If you're a douche, you might say, "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime.", but I bet these people never thought that they would be paying $100,000 for watching the "Hurt locker", or if their kids were doing it, and pulled down 500 movies, they are expected to pay 500 times $100,000 or $50,000,000 dollars. Click, click, and now they are going to jail longer than if they raped and murdered a old man on live TV. The lawyers sat on three years worth of "damaging copyright infringement", and are sending out letters for all of it at once. I know 3 people who's kids did this, and are now getting these letters, three years after the fact, with three years worth of crap that they could have put a stop to if they had been made aware of it early on. There is no defense, they are being told that all of their belongings are going to be taken away including their house, and will go to jail after that. Because in Germany, if you signed the contract, you are responsible.
Take away everything from somebody and they are literally "a person with nothing left to loose", and those are scary.
..If the sentences are longer than for murdering an old man on live tv, people might start murdering copyright lawyers on the basis of "may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb"
(And there was much rejoicing)
Re: If you're dumb enough to pirate...
Do you think that is justice? If so, then how about we make the penalty of $10,000 if you let your insurance lapse (don't forget), or for a million other things you might forget. Would that be justice? Do you care about justice?
Where do we draw the line?
I don't think you thought it out very well.