Youngsters are driving a new trend in file-sharing software, reports Germany’s Der Spiegel. A study shows 14 year olds use file-sharing software more than any other age group.

One in every five children below the age of 15 have bought goods online or through open auction software.

In the wake of the Stockholm district court’s ruling to convict Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Frederick Neij and Carl Lundstrom of helping millions of users across the world to illegally download music, movies, and computer games, this can indeed be seen as a triumph for parents.

However, despite the ruling, the Swedish site Pirate Bay is still running on servers in the Netherlands.

The creators of the site that works on Bit Torrent Peer-to-Peer network argue that they are just another search engine that helps its users download movies and music that are available widely on the net.

According to their defence, the collection of data on one site is not a crime. The defence lawyers have made it clear that Pirate Bay doesn’t host any copyrighted material on its servers.

Sweden and Copyright Law

The Swedish government passed a law that made it harder for users to download music from the net using peer-to-peer software.

The law ensures that internet service providers must disclose IP addresses of users illegally downloading music from the internet to copyright owners.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was the first one to call the lawlords to raid the Pirate Bay following suspicion that the site was a hub for people who would download some of its movies available on the BitTorrent Network and not pay for them.

The site was becoming a common enemy of movie corporations soon after it gained a huge audience willing to download movies and music from the internet and not pay for it or credit the artists.

Youngster and File sharing software

The battleground for illegal use of music and movies is seething with controversy following the ruling last week.

However, youngsters who are willing to make illegal use of peer-to-peer software may still be exposed to millions of such sites that make downloads look easy but are, in effect, dangerous.

The site still continues to run despite opposition from many European countries.

With a simmering resentment among countries like Britain against sites like Pirate Bay, the four creators still maintain that their site is just a search engine that improves download speed.

It remains to be seen if youngsters can avoid the temptation of downloading from the internet.

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Pirate Bay verdict won't stop crime

by Natasha Kesh