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US Lawyers Target Swedish Pirate, and His Unicorn 181

Chaonici writes "When a Swedish citizen identified as Ryan heard about US movie studio Liberty Media's plan to get copyright infringers to confess and voluntarily pay up, he couldn't stop himself from sending them a satirical email promising that he will pay 'from the pot of gold I got at the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow', regardless of scathing criticism of the studio from his unicorn. However, despite his location, the jesting nature of the email, and his insistence that he has never downloaded anything for which the studio is suing, Liberty Media's lawyers have taken the 'confession' seriously, and have issued a subpoena to Google for personal information related to Ryan's Gmail account. In a phone call, the legal team affirmed their determination to 'hunt him down, all the way to Sweden if need be.'"
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US Lawyers Target Swedish Pirate, and His Unicorn

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  • haaa ha ha (Score:2, Insightful)

    by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @03:39AM (#35450580) Homepage Journal

    PWNED. OK, this is so funny :)

    No, really, I can't stop LOLing, it's insane.

    What??? You have never seen a fool teasing a dog or something else he shouldn't have and then being bitten by it?

    Come oooooon, this is exactly like that.

  • by SudoGhost ( 1779150 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @04:02AM (#35450660)
    Actually this is their train of thought: If someone messes with us or tries to interfere with us, then let's make it as expensive, time consuming, and difficult for them as possible, and make knowledge of our actions public as possible, to set an example.
  • by rvw ( 755107 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @04:19AM (#35450710)

    The lawyers forget that Sweden is not a state of USA./quote>

    Here in Europe we are not sure about that anymore.

  • Re:Wise-ass (Score:5, Insightful)

    by lordholm ( 649770 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @04:28AM (#35450736) Homepage

    No one stole anything through pirate bay, they may have committed copyright infringement, but that is an entirely different thing.

    As a side note, the postal office enables people to send drugs and bombs to each other, they are still not held accountable, despite they knowingly do this. The "enabling" part is a faulty argument. However, they did definitely knowingly host links to the files, and did not act when made aware of such files; that is a proper argument that you can build on and probably argue in a court.

  • Re:Wise-ass (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jopsen ( 885607 ) <> on Friday March 11, 2011 @06:28AM (#35451254) Homepage

    Well, that'll teach him...

    Not really... it's unlikely that they can prove anything with his gmail account...
    And the case will never hold in Sweden...

    The news here is that some US judge signed a subpoena based on that email... Some might argue that such as judge is somewhat stupid... To put it mildly... :)

  • Re:Wise-ass (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Archangel Michael ( 180766 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @11:50AM (#35453200) Journal

    My first question, if I were this guy's lawyer, would be, "Do you believe this man shared files based solely upon his email?"

    If the answer is "Yes", then I would say, "That would indicate that you also believe he owns unicorns, talks to leprechauns with pots of gold at the end of rainbows based upon your same assumptions."

    If the answer was "No", then I would ask, "Then what are we doing here?"

    Make them look as stupid as possible.

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