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File Sharers Draw the Moral Line

The Pirate Bay doesn't mind if its users download and distribute for free the latest copyright music, movies, TV shows or software. However, it does mind hackers perpetrating attacks in its name.

The hacker group reportedly took down the Web site of Virgin Media after a court ruling came down that said The Pirate Bay enables breaches of copyright laws -- a ruling that could lead to the ultimate shutdown of the file sharing site.

While Anonymous was looking out for TPB's best interests, TPB released the following condemning message on its Facebook page: "We do NOT encourage these actions. We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us."

So, to sum up TPB's viewpoint, sharing a pirated version of The Avengers -- good, hacking your adversaries' Web sites -- bad.

Where do you stand? Which is a bigger threat: the illegal distribution of digital goods or attacks on Web sites that go against hackers' ideologies? Let me know at cpaoli@1105media.com.

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Chris Paoli is the site producer for Redmondmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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