I still stand by what I said though, I'm not sure how else this could have gone down in the end.
Oh, I couldn't agree with you more Mr. E. I personally don't think something like what they were doing was worth going to jail for. (Then again, I didn't set up a torrent, shoot my mouth off, thumb my nose at the courts, and generally act like the back end of a pony during my 15 minutes of fame - but that's just me.)
Still, to hear all their hype and pseudo-socialist posturing, I would have given them credit for a little more grit and backbone than they showed when it started getting real. By now, I think it's fairly obvious Pirate Bay was little more than children playing at 'dress-up' games rather than a movement by people who truly believed in what they were doing.
And that saddens me. Because every protest, or other act of civil disobedience, has a window in which to effect real change. Pirate Bay had that window. They had support. They had sympathetic press coverage. They had the public and the politico's attention. Serious questions were being raised. Even the courts were uncomfortable issuing a decision that the current laws virtually compelled them to make. And everybody (including the music industry) was waiting for the next round of the battle to begin.
And then Pirate Bay walked away...
Even worse, when they took an industry offered "out" these Pirates became Janissaries.
The real problem is that Pirate Bay left their supporters holding the bag. Now it will be ten times harder to get people to back the next person who decides to lock horns with the media giants - even if that person is willing
to take it all the way. And it will also embolden the media monopoly to push harder since I'm sure they are now convinced that they can intimidate anybody in the end. And so far, the media monopoly is absolutely correct
in thinking that way. And they'll remain correct until someone shows them otherwise.
Make no mistake, this will hurt the anti-DRM/anti-monopoly cause.
It's easy to support, a lot harder to spearhead...
I agree with that comment 100%.
And from the looks of it, so does Pirate Bay