Finnish DrinkOrDie Crackers Acquitted
A Finnish court of appeals has acquitted two members of a DrinkOrDie group from copyright infringement. The two were convicted with two others in 2003, but appealed. From the news article:
The court noted that the men, known as "crackers", did not personally benefit from the pirate copies, and that they were only distributed to a small group rather than to the public at large. They used computers at a vocational college in Kuopio to download, "crack" and distribute files.Last month the leader of an Australian DrinkOrDie group lost an appeal against extradition to the US for copyright infringement. With these kind of Finnish rulings one can imagine why the US tries to get alledged infringers within its juridical (and penal) reach.
The men were associated with DrinkOrDie, a global organisation that distributed illegal files known as "warez". It was broken up around the turn of the millennium by law enforcement agencies in various countries, including the United States and Australia.
- - -Thru Karl Jonsson's Weblog