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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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By roadrun777 on 2/2/2008 6:54:58 PM , Rating: 3
I have debated every side of this argument for some time.
It's always people that come on and say something like "come on!, you know what they are doing is wrong, who cares about the specifics of the law", that make me worry.
The law can be bought and paid for. Money does influence what is legal and what isn't. If you have enough money you can make anything illegal; and that is the truth.
I admire them for standing up and pointing to the law, but I also am worried that their public defiance will just illustrate how "money" doesn't need law to get its way.
What god money wants, god money gets, even if it completely debases the fabric of progress and evolution for the sake of money.
What I truly worry about is that people don't realize the implications here. If I can completely ignore the law, pay off judges and lawyers and send a group of people and their families to prison and the poor house all for money, then what does that say about law?
If they can imprison these people despite the fact that it's clearly breaking no laws then what can they do to you?
Morality is bought and paid for, and its not set in stone. Morality changes to suit whoever has the most money.

Something to think about, if they win against TPB, then they are saying that *ANY* search engine that has a link to *ANY* copyrighted material whatsoever, can and will be prosecuted and frivolously prosecuted, including everyone employed, or associated with it. In essence they can put you in jail regardless of legality. Jail is no longer for people who break the law, it's a free vengeance ride for those with money and influence.

The irony of this is that I can find copyrighted material on every search engine. Law always compounds on itself. So if someone looses a case regardless of the law, then more cases will follow siting that one. So in essence, if one court completely ignores sane legal definitions and evidence, then all the other courts won't even bother trying to understand they will just follow suit, that is of course unless money is introduced by either side.

Money = Power = Law
an inconvenient truth

By AStables on 2/3/2008 12:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
They say hope is the last thing to die, and without faith there is little hope.
Have the masses forgotten the power they have ?
As always for the time being, time will tell.

By jconan on 2/3/2008 2:58:24 AM , Rating: 2
The masses usually participate in the political process as far as voting for propositions and laws go except at the higher level done through congressional representatives and the senate here in the states. How is it done in the EU states? Do people participate in the democracy?

By 9nails on 2/3/2008 11:54:38 AM , Rating: 1
The way that I see it, TPB is no more a criminal than the local Sheriff's Office who post maps showing where crimes happened in my local area. TPB not hosting or condoning these crimes just as the local Sheriff's are not glorifying crimes when they post locations of sex offenders or other criminals or capturing the image of a crime with a remotely operated camera. It's the same circumstance, and TPB is operating with-in the law. And if you remove TPB, you don't remove the crime, it will continue to happen in some other location regardless of the outcome.

I do, however, enjoy reading The Pirate Bay's "Legal Threats" section! If anything, I hope this becomes an entertaining read with-in that section.

By rcc on 2/4/2008 1:39:00 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a bit slow this morning, but let me see if I understand you.

You consider TPBs knowingly posting links to copyrighted material to be akin to a Sheriff department posting a list of sex offenders because naturally the Sheriffs do that so that children know where to go if they want to be molested? Not as a heads up to parents so they can be aware of the dangers around them?

If so, as a person I find you misguided. As a parent I consider you a prime candidate for retroactive birth control.

And I mean that in the nicest, most politically correct way, possible.

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