March 04, 2011

Pirate Party protests

Torrent Freak "Following an investigation into the online sharing of a new movie, Serbia’s High-Tech crime unit has swooped on an apartment in the capital Belgrade where they arrested a 51-year-old man."

'Following interrogation and an apparent confession, in just one day a judge has ruled the man can be detained in jail for 30 days. The Pirate Party are now calling for protests today.

'In the overall scheme of things, arrests for file-sharing are a relatively rare occurrence, particularly given the millions of Internet users who engage in the activity every single day. However, when they do happen they are usually fairly high-profile, conducted by the authorities in a fashion designed to attract the most attention.

'A case in Serbia this week is certainly done just that. Last evening Aleksandar Blagojevic, a board member of Pirate Party International, informed TorrentFreak of a situation developing there. In recent times an increasing number of people have been targeted for sharing materials online, but this week the government stepped things up a gear.'

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