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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 dever on 2/2/2008 2:18:38 PM , Rating: 0
I'm sorry, but your blatent class envy doesn't refute Asher's valid points.

I'm sure there are lots of people that, seemingly like you, put themselves in "category A" and then decide who is in "category B." In your case, if they make more money than you, they are in "category B."

The fact remains, that in an economically free environment, those who make the most make money, do so because they produce superior goods and services for which others voluntarily reward them. Their success is not a reason to dismantle one of the cornerstones of our primarly free economy.

RE: Humane Laws
By jtemplin on 2/2/2008 3:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
On what basis are you making these wild assumptions about his inner motivations. I think he raises an interesting philosophical question.

RE: Humane Laws
By mindless1 on 2/2/2008 5:15:44 PM , Rating: 3
You are clearly deluded if you think those who make the most money do so becaues they produce superior goods and services.

It's usually the opposite, those with the most study their market, make cost concessions, advertise, and directly combat their competition in an effort to beat the competition to take more profit, not to produce superior goods.

Others voluntarily reward them? Nonsense, when you or I go to a store to buy something we are not thinking "reward", rather than choosing what best meets all our needs based on what is available. The availability factor is the problem, that there's more to what products and services are available and presented than simply what is superior. The idea you have of an economically free environment ignores practially all the things required to succeed in such an environment as it exists today.

RE: Humane Laws
By jconan on 2/2/08, Rating: 0
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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