Anti-Piracy Lawyers Thwarted in Norway

Recently, a major blow came to the anti-piracy movement in Norway, as the country's only law firm licensed to monitor pirates and collect IP addresses now faces a new challenge. According to Norwegian website Dagbladet, the Simonsen law firm's license has expired, and will not be up for renewal. Simonsen lawyer Espen Tøndel, widely known for his role in tracking down pirates, said that the firm would object to the non-renewal, and that copyright holders would be powerless in any attempt to halt file sharing.

“One can not deny [the copyright holders] their right to protect their interests in this way,” he said.

Up until now, the law firm has pursued illicit file sharers since 2006, however the firm's license was originally meant to be temporary. As reported by  TorrentFreak, the license hasn't seen the spotlight of political debate until Norway's data protection authorities began to question its true intent. Apparently, the group requested political clarification and legislation on what the license can and cannot do, but political parties have not provided the requested information.

The license rejection comes at the heels of another change in Norway: he country's data protection department told ISP's that they must delete all personal IP address-related data three weeks after collection thanks to the Personal Data Act. In contrast, the European Union demands that ISPs retain data for at least six months, enabling anti-piracy authorities to track down illegal file sharing.

As for Norway's anti-piracy champion, the law firm can no longer monitor the Internet for illegal activity... at least for now. Tøndel still believes that the license can be renewed.

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  • battery
    now if only something like this would happen to the RIAA..
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  • g-thor
    etrnl_frostI don't understand personal protection acts. It's almost like saying, "Hey look, criminals, a loophole!"As long as I've lived, as long as you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide. That, as far as I'm concerned, will always be true. If you have nothing wrong, there's nothing to be paranoid about. Now, if you are doing something wrong... well, then doesn't it stand well to think that you should be reprimanded? When did we all start thinking it was okay to do something wrong? Or that the law should protect those who are doing something wrong?And let's get it out of our thick skulls that "big brother is watching you". Unless you're doing something horribly wrong, no one cares. You're not that special. Get over it.


    So when are you planning on putting the 24/7 webcam on in your bedroom? If you're a consenting adult, you aren't doing anything wrong, How about having a tracer on your car that can let the police know when you exceed the speed limit? That way they can send you the ticket without having to leave the precinct. After all, if you break the law, "doesn't it stand well to think that you should be reprimanded?"

    Show me that you live this and I might listen to your argument. The reality is, it's is a weak and unreal argument. There are a multitude of things you do and say in life that are nobody else's business, and it has nothing to do with legality.

    I have no problem with extending new powers to government bodies. However, it had better include very strong accountability, otherwise it can lead to enforcement without responsibility where the end justifies the means. That's bad news for everyone except those in power.
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  • etrnl_frost
    I don't understand personal protection acts. It's almost like saying, "Hey look, criminals, a loophole!"

    As long as I've lived, as long as you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide. That, as far as I'm concerned, will always be true. If you have nothing wrong, there's nothing to be paranoid about.

    Now, if you are doing something wrong... well, then doesn't it stand well to think that you should be reprimanded? When did we all start thinking it was okay to do something wrong? Or that the law should protect those who are doing something wrong?

    And let's get it out of our thick skulls that "big brother is watching you". Unless you're doing something horribly wrong, no one cares. You're not that special. Get over it.
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  • cheepstuff
    the bureaucracy is expanding, to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy...

    ... i just pirated that quote, guess i can get away with it now
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  • unlicensedhitman
    Spotted a minor typo...
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