Pirate Bay is not exactly known as a patron of Intellectual Property Rights (as probably everyone knows Pirate Bay enables everyone to download copyrighted material).
When it comes to their own website and logo Pirate Bay is however quite sensitive. A Finnish Anti-Piracy Group has started a parody website. On this website the logo of Pirate Bay has been changed into a sinking ship. All links on this website refer to their own website giving information on good alternatives rather than Pirate Bay.
Pirate Bay is furious and is threatening with a legal action. Using the interface Anti-Piracy group infringes their copyrights, moreover the website is against the ‘customer’ policy ‘of Pirate Bay.
The first questions that arises is since when such a policy is applicable to non-users? On the base of copyright this case is interesting. MarkMatters.com feels that this use remains within the boundaries of freedom of expression/fair use. And honestly, this overreaction of the Pirate Bay is more shocking than the whole website.
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