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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 2:44:09 AM , Rating: -1
Mr. Rockjock51, youtoo need to get yoru head out of the sand. It can't be "all this or all that."

There is quite the difference between a fan-made video supporting his/her nfl team and a girl getting raped by a 30 year old man or a significant amount of money being taken from a large-scale company.

Now, if we apply your perfect philosophy on everything which you seem to hold with the same conviction as samus does with his, then we may also declare everyone writing a speech is taking the copyright from someone, that everyone saying negative things about anything is committing a legal atrocity, and that it is illegal to be selling me a $100 3d piece of enterprise-level software instead of giving it to me for free.

I love isohunt because, while it has a cruddy UI (which is the result of the designers only, not its quality), it attempts to distinguish what steps over the very obvious line.

You can't have your cake and eat it too. Use common sense. I think I may need to link to a definition of it soon.

RE: Humane Laws
By mindless1 on 2/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: Humane Laws
By lompocus on 2/3/08, Rating: -1
RE: Humane Laws
By damncrackmonkey on 2/3/2008 4:11:28 PM , Rating: 2
I am now dumber for having read his posts.

There is no sane way you can praise IsoHunt and YouTube for giving you "expensive products for free at a quick rate with no hassle or downtime or even the need to pay" while claiming The Pirate Bay is nothing but a bunch of child porn whose owners should be nuked.

"I've yet to see any centralized problem like this appear on the U.S., so why not nuke everyone else?"

The vast majority of these 'centralized problems' started in the US. Of course, as a fan of IsoHunt and YouTube, you should have already known that.

RE: Humane Laws
By kiwik on 2/8/2008 1:23:52 AM , Rating: 1
It would be a lot better for the rest of the planet if you leave the Internet now and just forget about using it ever again. Seriously.

And I'm writing a letter to the president requesting a nuclear strike on your house.


RE: Humane Laws
By Rockjock51 on 2/5/2008 6:54:47 PM , Rating: 1
Where did I claim that writing a speech is taking a copyright from someone or that saying negative things is illegal? I did say that using copyrighted footage is illegal. Which it is. I also never said it is illegal to sell things. Please don't put words in my mouth.

Do I really need to link to you the millions of illegal torrents on IsoHunt? Go there and search for "Axxo" and tell me what you find. I guarantee you theres no attempts to distinguish what steps over any lines going on at IsoHunt other than whats required by law. That is, they're not taking anything down unless served with a take-down request by the original copyright owners. You use the common sense you so dearly love. IsoHunt is no better than TPB. A significant amount of money is lost by large-scale companies EVERY DAY as the DIRECT result of IsoHunt's existance.

RE: Humane Laws
By wackie999 on 2/6/2008 12:28:31 PM , Rating: 2

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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