Today the prosecution brought a few anti-piracy watchdogs to the stand who had “investigated” the Pirate Bay by downloading music, movies and games from the site. And then they reduced their evidence to shreds.
• The court heard from Magnus Mårtensson, a lawyer for the IFPI, and policeman Magnus Nilsson of the Swedish Anti-Piracy Office, who both described how they gathered evidence against the Pirate Bay by downloading torrents.
• In a continuing theme, neither of them seemed to grasp at all how BitTorrent works: all they could produce as evidence were screenshots of their torrents downloading, which the defence has already proven to be shaky if not entirely useless as evidence in court, as they don’t provide any actual information as to where the data is coming from on the network, and if the Pirate Bay’s trackers were being used.
Gottfrid (defense): Before taking the screenshot, did you turn off DHT and Peer Exchange?
Mårtensson: DHT was obviously on. I wanted to be like an average user.
Gottfrid: So in other words, you can’t check if the tracker was used?
Mårtensson: The tracker address was visible on the screen. From that I assumed it was used in some way.
Gottfrid: But since you had DHT on, you have no possibility to state to the court as to whether The Pirate Bay’s tracker was actually used or not?
• After these two witnesses, the court decided to adjourn for the day after only two hours of work. Gotta love those Swedes.
I like the precedent this is setting: If you’re going to take on the Torrent sites, you better have the tech skillz to fight the geeks. [TorrentFreak]