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The front image for The Pirate Bay was redecorated in celebration of the site's victory, which its administrators feel is inevitable.  (Source: The Pirate Bay)
Site’s admins denounce accusations as idiotic

Making good on a promise tendered last week, the country of Sweden pressed charges against four 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 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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RE: Humane Laws
By lompocus on 2/2/2008 2:37:58 AM , Rating: -1
Sry for 3rd edit. Please respond to the latest post (this one).

I've found a way around this legal issue: The US will fund TPB's desire to purchase SeaWorld, we will give them all they need, they will have 30 days to move everything in and establish everything, we will give them a presidential visit to ensure they're all find and dandy, and we'll make them feel at home.

Exactly 10 seconds after the presidential visit, a helicopter will pass by, pick up the president, have a NUCLEAR bomb strapped to its bottom, have a guy spreading leafelets all over seaworld that they'll get nuked if they don't surrender wtihin .1 seconds (an impossible task), nationally televise that the United States of America has gone to war with the island-nation of Seaworld and its 14 inhabitants, and summarly we will nuke TPB and all of its staff and servers.

TADA, problem solved. No legal messiness to deal with. We nuke the shit out of them! Finally nukes can solve another problem!

also, this is not sarcasm.

RE: Humane Laws
By straycat74 on 2/2/2008 10:51:28 AM , Rating: 3
i don't get it.

RE: Humane Laws
By StevoLincolnite on 2/2/2008 1:37:05 PM , Rating: 1
Why a Nuke? Nukes haven't been used in years, Nor will they be because of the devastating after affects, Seriously lets all run around in a field of daisy's and start singing the Smurfs theme song and get along with one another.

RE: Humane Laws
By superkdogg on 2/4/2008 10:46:55 AM , Rating: 3
If we're all running in a field of daisies, we're in a public place and RIAA is entitled to royalties if we sing a previously copyrighted song.


RE: Humane Laws
By mindless1 on 2/2/2008 5:03:29 PM , Rating: 1
It's strange how personally involved you seem to feel. Whose puppet are you?

We already know TPB is not one physical location, but rather a symptom of the mindset a younger (than I) generation has about whether they accept the current market and IP law.

Yes in many circumstances it is illegal, but frankly it seems those in power who made the law are a minority compared to those infringing. Where is democracy? Perhaps it reallyl is a majority who are opposed to infringement but so far the only direct evidence is a few vs the masses.

What is the answer? Give the masses what they want. There are millions of people who would buy multimedia content, applications, etc, if it were priced a lot lower. Even at the seemingly ridiculous price of $4, that's 4 millions of dollars, even more if support was an addt'l fee. There is money to be made in the future but clearly clinging to the past market model is not working and wishing death upon a few people won't change that.

RE: Humane Laws
By Pr1m on 2/3/2008 1:26:20 PM , Rating: 1
You have deep problems. You are so misguided in your self-righteous, holier-than-thou distorted point of view that, I'm afraid, the only solution for you is a lobotomy.

RE: Humane Laws
By Samus on 2/3/2008 5:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't really bother reading his rant, I'm sure it's as pointless as his first post...

RE: Humane Laws
By comc49 on 2/3/08, Rating: 0
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