In another process serving first, BREIN, a Dutch anti-piracy coalition similar to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), has served the owners of Pirate Bay via their Twitter and Facebook accounts alleging the founders are facilitating, on an unprecedented scale, the illegal sharing of copyright protected files, intellectual property and media.
Pirate Bay is the world’s largest “BitTorrent tracker,” a server that assists in the communication between peers using the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data in which many network users, called peers, each only distribute a fraction of a requested file to the recipient. As more peers download a specific file then each user on the network only has to share a smaller piece of the file easing each network user’s bandwidth and network requirements. The distributed nature of this type of peer to peer file sharing makes it nearly impossible for groups like the RIAA and BREIN to target specific file sharers.
Unable to serve the Swiss owners, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde, by usual methods, BREIN leadership decided upon more modern means, “You can find the defendants on Facebook and Twitter. Internet works for enforcers as well as infringers. Now they know about the court case in The Netherlands.” BREIN Director Tim Kuik said.
From the Dutch Anti-Piracy.nl website:
“The BREIN foundation is the joint anti-piracy program of authors, artists and producers of music, film and interactive software; A unique bundling of forces of the entire entertainment industry in the fight against Intellectual Property theft.
BREIN is the central contact for government, law enforcement, trade and media in the Netherlands with respect to all issues concerning the unauthorized copying and distribution of entertainment products both offline and online.
BREIN is the Dutch acronym for ‘Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands’ and also the Dutch word for ‘brain’.“
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