Sweden’s Pirate Bay trial starts Monday. As with the “net neutrality” proceedings in the US, what’s at stake has more to do with means of political control than it does with violation of copyright:
What scares the establishment is that everybody are equals on the net. Everybody can share and receive freely. There is no central point of control. They are fighting tooth and nail to bring back the good old days, where there was a hard division into approved senders and passive consumer receivers, where the approved senders would compete for the wallet of the consumers. Essentially, they are trying to turn the Internet into a cable TV network.
Let’s hope things come out the right way and the last ~100 years of “broadcast” communication is condemned to the ash heap of history, where it belongs. The revolution will be webcast!