When you see headlines about ThePirateBay being involved in a legal tussle, one place you don’t expect to see them is in the position of the plaintiff in a copyright case. If a lawsuit threat issued by TPB this week is to be taken seriously, however, we might just witness that unlikely orientation soon enough.
Evidently, the Finnish anti-piracy organization CIAPC not only created a site that looked a lot like the original TPB, they also jacked the TPB’s CSS.
In a comment that one assumes has to be sarcastic, a Pirate Bay spokesman told TorrentFreak:
We are outraged by this behavior. People must understand what is right and wrong. Stealing material like this on the internet is a threat to economies worldwide.
It’s hard to defend CIAPC’s choice to pilfer TBP’s code, but I do get a good belly laugh out from the idea of TPB suing for copyright infringement in any context.
The TorrentFreak article contains another quote that I think we can take much more seriously, coming from the TPB:
If not even IFPI and their friends can respect copyright, perhaps it’s time to move on?
Now that’s the straw-man-building, ‘free culture’ extremism we have come to expect from TPB!