It never ceases to amaze the lengths these pseudo protectors of musician rights will go to in order to push their broken agenda down the throats of everyone. The delusions they suffer under about how they have the rights based on bad copyright laws. Not to mention the backing of entertainment corporations that don’t even realize that they are playing a game of Russian roulette with half the bullets still in the chambers.
This dreamworld that they are living in was made quite apparent today; with the help of an equally screwed up French court decision, as the Société civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France (SPPF) has decided that the time has come to start suing non-French file sharing applications. Now that would be laughable enough but they have also decided to go after the open source source code and file repository Sourceforge. It should be mentioned that this is the premier repository of the vast major of open source software projects around the world.
This apparently doesn’t bother the SPPF or the French courts that both Sourceforge and the developers behind the file sharing software being sued are well beyond the French legal jurisdiction. As Ernesto over at TorrentFreak writes
Interestingly, SPFF is also going after Sourceforge, the open source development website, because it hosts the P2P application Shareaza. Putting aside the discussion on the responsibilities of application developers for their users activities, the decision to go after SourceForge for hosting a application that can potentially infringe, is stretching credibility beyond all bounds”
Michael Masnick also points out another incredibly obvious point
Now that it’s been allowed, SPPF is suing three companies who offer software: Vuze, Limewire and Morpheus. What’s troubling is that even beyond an “inducement” standard, SPPF seems to be basing the lawsuits on the idea that if your software allows any unauthorized copying, then the software itself is illegal. Say goodbye to FTP and, well, the entire internet next.
All I can say is what a bunch of dumb shits the SPPF is for even going down this road and the decision by the French court in this case show exactly how deeply out of touch they are with how the Internet and software works. Not to mention that they aren’t smart enough to see through the total stupidity of the argument in the first place.