1:59 pm - 02/24/2013

The Pirate Bay sues anti-piracy group for copyright violation

For their latest anti-piracy campaign a Finnish activist group has ripped off the design of the infamous The Pirate Bay website. The Pirate Bay has now threatened to sue the campaigners over copyright infringement.

The campaign, launched by the anti-piracy group CIAPC, copied TPB's website, including the CSS stylesheet, and replaced the logo with one of a sinking ship. The aim is to link the visitors with a message that informs them of legal alternatives to The Pirate Bay.

This Pirate Bay says the move violates the company’s policy which does not permit theft of the site's design and has threatened legal action.

“We are outraged by this behavior. People must understand what is right and wrong. Stealing material like this on the internet is a threat to economies worldwide,” a Pirate Bay spokesman told TorrentFreak.

“Our site (and all of its contents) is free of charge for anyone for personal usage. Organizations (for instance, but not limited to, non-profit or companies) may use the system if they clear this with the system operators first,” a Pirate Bay policy statement reads.

“We reserve the rights to charge for usage of the site in case this policy is violated. The charge will consist of a basic fee of EUR 5,000 plus bandwidth and other costs that may arise due to the violation,” it adds.

CIAPC is a campaigner that works against copyright infringement on the Internet by preventing the production, distribution of unauthorized copies on the web.

mynamehere07 24th-Feb-2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm I reading this right, a site that runs on sharing illegal and copyrighted material is suing someone else because they copying their format.

mammary_glands 24th-Feb-2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
it's obviously meant to be ironic seeing as they're suing an anti-piracy group that has been targeting them
maryaminx 24th-Feb-2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
It's always delicious when anti-piracy peeps get caught using copyrighted material, like some politicians that used some photographer's work for their twitter backgrounds while working on anti-piracy legislation.
mammary_glands 24th-Feb-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
mondo delicious indeed. i'm salivating rn over this post.
redleigh86 24th-Feb-2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
lol right?! I died at that one article that detailed all the different movie studios that pirated their competitor's films. DIED.

Fucking hypocrits.
365reasonswhy 24th-Feb-2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Well, and in the reverse, a site that's supposed to fight copyright violations is violating copyrights.

So it's double fuckery.
redleigh86 24th-Feb-2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Is it not just as silly that a group that promotes NOT pirating pirates something?

Both sides of this look ridiculous as hell.
ediesedgwick 24th-Feb-2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
They released some statement last week that this lawsuit is basically to demonstrate how every violates copyright and it's time to stop the witchhunt, but I couldn't find it to add to this post (as in I was too lazy deal w it)
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