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File-Sharing For Personal Use Declared Legal In Portugal 179

New submitter M0j0_j0j0 writes "After receiving 2000 complaints regarding 'illegal file sharing' from ACAPOR regarding P2P networks, the Portuguese prosecutor refused to take the case into court on the premise that file sharing is not illegal in the territory if files are for personal and not commercial use. The court also stated that the complaints had, as sole evidence, the IP address of users, and that it is a wrong statement to assume an IP address is directly related to one individual. TorrentFreak has a piece in English with more details (original source in Portuguese)."
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File-Sharing For Personal Use Declared Legal In Portugal

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  • by ammorais ( 1585589 ) on Thursday September 27, 2012 @12:30PM (#41478973)

    Portugal actually have laws that even prevent an U.S. citizen from being extradited under certain circumstances. []

  • by hpacheco ( 2536480 ) on Thursday September 27, 2012 @12:31PM (#41478985)

    Portuguese citizens need to be reminded that they're still under the jurisdiction of U.S. law, and WILL be extradited to the U.S. for breaking any IP laws!

    there's no extradition agreement between the U.S. and Portugal

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 27, 2012 @12:45PM (#41479171)

    I'm not sure the CIA will give a shit - they'll come in anyway, kidnap the people, and drop them off at the torture camps.

  • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Thursday September 27, 2012 @01:49PM (#41479979) Homepage Journal

    The question is if they're going to be able to prove that it's actually effective with file sharing, though

    Multiple studies have already proven it. One study, in fact, was commissioned by a book publisher wanting to find out how much money he was losing to piracy. Since unlike MP3s and movies, books don't hit the net for two or three weeks, the researchers looked for the pirates and then at sales figures. Rather than the expected drop in sales, there was a sales spike, do doubt caused by the "buzz" the pirate version caused.

    But don't expect that to sway anyone from the MAFIAA, though.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 27, 2012 @01:54PM (#41480047)

    Portuguese with some legal background:

    It has always been legal to own or acquire (download) unauthorized copies of most content. *
    It's legal to make how many copies you want for your own use and to share with other people
    within your "personal" sphere.

    What is illegal is "making such content available to the public", emphasis on "public" as in
    "general public".

    What the A.G. clarified is that, in the particular case of BT and similar P2P protocols,
    the act of seeding a file you are downloading, or did just download, enjoys the same treatment
    as if you were downloading using a traditional protocol, i.e., benefits from the "personal use"

    This does not mean you can happily run a public W4R3Z FTP server with impunity, but it does clarify
    an important issue re: the law vs P2P downloads that had had no previous legal interpretation.

    It has also brought about an interesting IP != person argument which will be interesting to follow up on,
    in case of more serious offenses.


    * thanks to the lobbying efforts of the BSA-equivalent in the 90s, computer programs are dealt with differently
    and enjoy no "personal use" rights.

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