Well, I'm not in a position of what I say makes law, so no, saying "pirate bay getting [convicted]..." (getting busted is just getting accused/charged with a crime) isn't the Final Say; and like the slashdot link references, it's under appeal.
Until that appeal gets accepted or goes through, in Sweden, sure! the ability of Google to display links to known distributions of unauthorized copyright material is a valid civil offense (in Sweden). Google has been trying to comply and police their own spider-bot - webcrawler results by removing sites, and it would be easy for them to add "isoHunt.com" etc. to their exclude list (noted in the article referenced in the slashdot link). This Pirate Bay conviction is enough to set precedent to sue/charge Google in Sweden until they remove access to such known sites, or to bring suit/case to isoHunt com, if they operate in Sweden. Similar charges can be brought in other countries, but those countries' courts will need to form their own decision, unless they take their precedents from foreign courts (US does not).
Keep in mind, that if a site posts a web page with content that they own, with links to purchase, or to an authorized reseller, that company has authorized Google to reproduce their content (at least what they allow). eBay can be considered an aggregate list of links, but can't be touched by the precedent set in the Pirate Bay case, as you are personally selling your copy of The Dark Knight or whatever. And if Netflix decides to use eBay to distribute their media, guess what? They're authorized distributers of that movie content (in so far as the media companies have allowed Netflix this additional distribution mechanism -- oh wait, Netflix can deliver stuff to your Xbox 360 via Xbox live marketplace!)
This relates in some ways to WowMatrix because WowMatrix is doing something similar to Google. They have been removing access to addons whose owners don't want their addons through that service. Curse and WoWinterface have taken steps to prevent other sites from directly accessing their links to addons that they have received rights to redistribute. I was simply adding new information about PirateBay, updating the quoted post about lack of information about the legality of link aggregation. I have taken the same association that Forbes editors have with Pirate Bay and Google, and have applied it to Pirate Bay and WoWMatrix.
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Apr 19, 2009Posted in: General ChatQuote from TristanianTechnically, they aren't directly distributing anything, since they aren't hosting anything and the legality of hot-linking is highly controversial (though it is believed not to violate any rights), which is precisely the reason we can't do much about it other than vent frustration, since it's more of a moral issue than a legal one. Surprisingly, they did remove several addons lately after repeated requests, including my own.
piratebay getting busted pretty much nixes unauthorized link aggregation
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