ShareReactor: Schweizer Polizei macht Piratenplattform dicht Betreiber
war ein 25-jÃ¤hriger Schweizer
Sharereactor: Swiss police shuts down pirate platform. Owner was a 25-
year old Swiss. Sharereactor.com, an online index for copied films and
software that linked to thousands of eDonkey offers has been shut down.
Due to the suspicion of breach of copyright and trademark laws the
cantonal judicial Inquiry department of Thurgau has taken down an
Internet-Site that served as a link platform for filesharing offerings.
A process concerning these matters against the 25 year old owner from
Frauenfeld is underway.
The Internet-Site located in Frauenfeld was online for about 30 months
and last had over 220.000 hits per day before it was taken offline by
the Thurgau officials. The in search engines toprated site worked as an
anchorpoint for links to downloads of copyright and trademark protectet
games and movies that were offered on the filesharing network.
After a complaint from several large corporations, represented by the
Swiss association against piracy (SAFE), the cantonal judicial inquiry
department of Thurgau initiated an investigation, seized the servers in
Frauenfeld and had the site taken offline. SAFE views itself as an
organisation that documents actions that are illegal according to Swiss
copyright laws and passes gained information along to the authorities.
The responsible owner, a 25 year old Swiss proved to be very cooperative
in explaining matters at hand. The inquiries continue and will take some
The whole matter will probably lead to a criminal prosecution consequences
according to the examining magistrate, Christan Affolter. In Switzerland
copyright infringements can lead to a jailsentence or a fine of up to
100'000 Swiss Franks. Additionally to that claims from concerned
companies could be compensated under civil law. In an interview with the
local newspaper, Affolter said that giving indirect access to illegal
content through eDonkey-links is in a legal greyzone, which could of
course affect the outcome of the outstanding legal proceedings.
Translation courtesy of bob_m
> 2004/03/18 -- Update
> This morning I received e-Mail from SimonMoon, letting me know that he's basically doing all right. He now is free again to talk with me, but that does not apply to the rest of you, as far as I know. I asked him how to go about all your questions about donations for his case, here it goes:
> Concerning donations for SimonMoon
> Basically, he doesn't think that this is such a good idea at the moment.
> However, if you still feel you should donate something, you're free to transfer with PayPal to email@example.com but ONLY there! This is really important that you do not transfer your money to any other account or funding initiative, those are inofficial, ONLY the PayPal account is OFFICIAL!
> He asked me to tell you one more thing: please consider that a few large donations are much easier to handle than loads of tiny ones when if it comes to fair refunding (after covering the lawyers costs) across all those who donated. Therefore, he would be most happy to receive larger donations from companies or institutions.
> In his e-Mail, he also asked me to put my service back online! I shouldn't worry about any costs on his side and all that (he's just so nice), but no, Jigle won't continue, it's closed.
> Christian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
> As you all have read, Sharereactor.com was taken offline and the owner of the page is under investigation. I refraigned from posting anything about this topic before I haven't spoken to him. This morning he contacted me (and Melange from Jigle.com) as both of our sites are hosted on his servers.
> "So how will the closure of Sharereactor affect TRW?"
> This was the question I got asked the most during the last days. Well, after quite a lot of thinking and receiving input from the supermembers as well as from others, the decision is to remove all ed2k movie links from the site and to close the movie related forums for the time being. As soon as it's absolutely safe they will return, but as the current situation just is too uncertain, I believe it's best to concentrate on what this site was about when it started - TV-Shows only.
> I'm sorry to be more or less forced to do this, but I believe that it is the best action to take so secure the future of this page.
> Additionally, the page is not forced to find a new host and Simon will continue to support and to protect TRW as best as he can.
> Regarding donations for Simon to help him pay his legal bills: according to Melange's News on jigle.com Simon doesn't think that this is a good idea at the moment, so I simply won't ask for any financial support of his - at least not at this point. Those who want to donate anyway can use the information provided on jigle.com to do so.
> Do not use the donations button on this page, although all donations received for my site will go to Simon anyway, if he decides to ask for help. If he won't ask, the donations will be used to upgrade the TRW server and to support every other ed2k page which might be in need of something.
> I hope this covers the most important questions and to prevent lots of messages or mails - I won't go into more detail about Simon's case or situation!
> Webmaster of TRW-TRP
That's the "latest" news.
As you can see, SimonMoon indicated to Melange that he rather wants large donations than small ones, and rather from institutions than individuals.
Also, Jigle is now officially dead, TRW and ACF have no ed2k-links anymore, and the webmasters of some other ed2k sites are probably not feeling too comfortable now.
Within the remains of the SR crew we have discussed a plan of action. As we are unable to directly communicate with SimonMoon, we will have to independently come up with something.
Because this is a situation that affects us all, we think it is time to unite the ed2k community, and to set up a site where people can donate for ANY legal fees incurred by ed2k sites, so not just SimonMoon's. Also that way it's easier to donate the money in case SimonMoon needs it later on. Legal proceedings take ages and it could be SimonMoon gets sued for damages by companies as well. We want feedback on this subject. For example...do we set up an official foundation for this? What else could we use the site for?
We from SR have a feeling something has to be done by this community. Right now things are too fragmented and this way all sites could be toppled one by one.
Post here, or send me a pm on this board if you have ideas.
Also, we would need a name for the website...so suggestions are welcome.
The donations would be primarily used for SimonMoon's legal fees...but if he doesnt want them the users should decide where the money goes. (or just refund it).