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Site’s admins denounce accusations as idiotic

Making good on a promise tendered last week, the country of Sweden pressed charges against four ThePirateBay.org administrators, accusing them of conspiring to break Swedish copyright law.

According to prosecutor Håkan Roswall, the BitTorrent supersite commercially exploits copyright-protected works through ad revenues, of which it nets over $3 million annually.  The four men charged include The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter “Brokep” Sunde, administrators Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij, and businessman/entrepreneur Carl Lundström, whose company once provided hosting for the site. Authorities specifically named 33 different copyrighted works, comprising of 20 songs, nine films and four computer games for which The Pirate Bay made torrents available illegally.

Roswall says that the four should be made to pay at least $188,000, which the indictment says is the minimum profit that The Pirate Bay made from its activities. If convicted, they could face up to two years in prison.

IFPI chairman John Kennedy says The Pirate Bay is primarily interested in “making money, not music” and that the site turned Sweden, which is “normally the most law abiding of EU countries,” into a copyright charlatan, with “intellectual property laws on par with Russia.”

Despite the accusations, The Pirate Bay seems unfazed. “In case we lose the pending trial (yeah right) there will still not be any changes to the site. The Pirate Bay will keep operating just as always. We've been here for years and we will be here many more,” writes an unnamed administrator on the site’s official blog, before pointing out that Swedish police could have “saved a hell of a lot of trees” by posting the 4,620 pages of legal documents against Sunde and friends – available for approximately $1000 USD – in a PDF torrent on the site.

The Pirate Bay says that it hosts close to a million torrents, which point to files on users’ computers that are distributed across the BitTorrent network. The site maintains that it does not host nor trade in infringing material, an accusation that Sunde dismissed as “idiotic” in an interview with Reuters conducted earlier last January.

BBC’s dot.life blogger Darren Waters believes The Pirate Bay – as opposed to other torrent supersites – was targeted because of its openly defiant attitude and historic resilience to legal threats; the site keeps an online graveyard of sorts littered with takedown notices and administrators’ sarcastic responses. The Pirate Bay’s adversaries include almost every major copyright organization on the planet, as well as numerous artists, software developers, and filmmakers.

Thus far – with one exception, due to a police raid in May 2006 that knocked the site offline for a few days – The Pirate Bay continues to operate unrestricted.



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Just another show...
By someguy123 on 2/2/2008 1:20:04 AM , Rating: 3
Theres no way Sweden's dumb enough to think they can win this case, unless of course they change the laws during it's time frame. Sweden is just sending out this lawsuit in hopes to scare people. What a waste of time and money.




RE: Just another show...
By Samus on 2/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: Just another show...
By lompocus on 2/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: Just another show...
By uninvited on 2/2/2008 3:13:52 AM , Rating: 2
So you must believe in the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco right? Two of the most destructive and addictive drugs around.


RE: Just another show...
By logaldinho on 2/2/2008 6:03:12 AM , Rating: 2
since when is abortion illegal?

killing a fetus in the third tri is illegal but when were abortions ruled illegal?


RE: Just another show...
By jtemplin on 2/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: Just another show...
By amanojaku on 2/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: Just another show...
By lompocus on 2/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: Just another show...
By mindless1 on 2/2/2008 5:27:45 PM , Rating: 1
Actually you are quite backwards, legalizing pot would tend to cause far fewer related crimes but the rate ttributable to pot and not some more significant factor is low. Stoners sit around in a daze eating junk food and listening to music, not robbing gas stations or worse. Nicotine is more addictive than pot, do you hear of a lot of crimes attributed to smoking cigarettes?

Typically it's opiate or (more powerful than nicotine) stimulant usage that cause crimes, unless we're taking a broader classification of crime including all unlawful things such as growing, distributing, selling as any product is ultimately bartered or sold.

Certainly it's not ALL this or ALL that, but it doesn't validate any of what you'd written prior to that statement. You seem merely surprised that a lot of other people don't share your strange backwards views, which seems more telling of lack of communcation about these factors than anything else.


RE: Just another show...
By Samus on 2/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: Just another show...
By borowki on 2/2/2008 10:11:57 AM , Rating: 3
Son, we live in a world that has laws, and those laws have to be enforced by men with big legal sticks. Sweden is a signatory to the WIPO copyright treaty. It has an obligation to provide "expeditious remedies to [B]prevent infringements[/B] and remedies which constitute a deterrent to further infringements."


RE: Just another show...
By Frallan on 2/4/2008 7:25:14 AM , Rating: 2
Well and the Swedes di adhere to all the rules in their way. The US interpretation is a interpretation not The Inerpretation of said rules.

As we sit here debating a case is opened (Sweden vs. TPB) that willdetermine the way Swedish laws are going to be interpreted. But be aware some of the things the State (Sweden) seems to be arguing is NOT illegal in Sweden but goes under the "freedom of speach" clause of Swedish law. Ans if the Judges do not change that interpretation the TPB representatives will be free to go within days...


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