Threatening to sue is one thing. Actually filing a lawsuit, hiring attorneys, and going through with it is another. Which means, the Pirate Bay may not be filing its promised lawsuit against Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC after all.
Wednesday, February 13th: “The Pirate Bay Is Actually Suing Someone for Trademark Infringement…“
And the reason is simple: you have to put your real name and a real contact information on a lawsuit, and actually show up in court (without the mask). “A lawsuit would be a good thing,” CIAPC executive director Antti Kotilanien told Finnish paper Ilta-Sanomat, while welcoming the action.
“It will force them to disclose their real names.”
Point, anti-piracy coalitions around the world? On the issue of anonymity, Torrentfreak reports that Pirate Bay operators are considering leveling legal action through an advocacy group, though that raises all sorts of complicated legal questions. And in all likelihood, the presiding judge would be unhappy hearing testimony from a proxy organization.
All of which means that denial-of-service attacks notwithstanding, this ripped-off version of the Pirate Bay’s logo will continue to stand. And CIAPC can continue to make its point…
Updated: The Pirate Bay has now reported CIAPC to the Economic Crime unit of the Finnish police, but still no signs of an actual suit. We haven’t seen the police report, though we’re guessing identities are cloudy. “While The Pirate Bay may have a positive view on copying, it will not stand by and watch copyright enforcing organizations disrespect copyright,” Pirate Bay blogger ‘Winston’ relayed.