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Pirate Bay defendants found guilty

Post by Labbie » Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:43 pm

Pirate Bay defendants found guilty

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 17 (UPI) -- A Swedish court ordered four founders of The Pirate Bay to spend a year in prison and fined them $3.5 million for violation of copyright laws.

The guilty verdict was a "symbolic victory" for the entertainment industry, The Local reported Friday. The court ordered the four to pay millions in damages to Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and Columbia Pictures, the British Broadcasting Corp. said.

The four defendants, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, operated a Web site that featured a file sharing program known as bittorret, The Local said. Prosecutors said it opened the door for millions to gain access to copyrighted games, songs and movies.

The defendants said they did not make a penny off The Pirate Bay with advertising revenue simply going to cover its costs.

The expected appeal could end up in either Sweden's Supreme Court or the European Court of Justice, the Local said.
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Post by Knightmare » Wed May 06, 2009 7:25 am

Oooo...definitely not a good thing for file sharing sites.
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Post by Labbie » Fri May 08, 2009 12:33 am

Swedish Pirate Party may get seat in EU Parliament

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden's Pirate Party, which wants to reform copyright law, could ride a wave of discontent over tighter control of computer file-sharing all the way into the European Parliament in June.

The jail sentences handed out last month to the four Swedish men behind The Pirate Bay, one of the world's biggest free file-sharing Web sites, have given a boost to the namesake party among young voters in Sweden, a recent opinion poll showed.

"It is definitely something that has put the spotlight on our issues," Christian Engstrom, the party's top candidate for the European Parliament, told Reuters.

"And it has demonstrated why it is so important, because the legal machine, if it's allowed to continue, is going to crush the Internet, starting with the Pirate Bay and then continuing on to other enterprises."

A DN/Synovate poll ahead of the Europe-wide vote in June showed the party, which is not linked to the Web site though some of its views coincide with those voiced by the Pirate Bay defendants, winning 5.1 percent of the Swedish vote.

That would be enough to secure the party, which wants to deregulate copyright, abolish the patent system and a decrease the level of surveillance of the Internet, a seat in the European parliament.

The party was founded in 2006 and won only 0.6 percent of the vote in the Swedish general elections that year.

The leader of the Pirate Party, Rick Falkvinge, believes that new Swedish laws, that for instance allow copyright holders to track down the IP-numbers of suspected file-sharers, are the main reason for the sudden popularity.

"We're seeing a shockwave of new repressive legislation that is seriously jeopardizing the core of our civil liberties," he said. "People are starting to wake up to that fact."

What will decide the outcome for the party is simply the question of whether its sympathizers will turn up to vote in the election that is usually plagued by low voter turn-out.

Torbjorn Larsson, associate professor of political science at Stockholm University, said there was a risk some of the Pirate Party supporters won't show up.

"Young people have a tendency not to vote. But if this issue stays on the agenda up to election day, it will make a big difference," he said.
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Post by Dark Angel » Fri May 08, 2009 3:55 am

Well that's just so wrong on so many levels. :smt011
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