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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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You know these criminals are going to prison
By Beenthere on 2/3/2008 11:55:39 AM , Rating: 0
It's just a matter of time before these criminals go to prison or meet an untimely death - as they deserve.

No civilized country is going to tolerate illegal theft and distribution of copyright protected materials. Trying to hide behind a PC monitor should net these fools 100+ years in prison, which is what they deserve.

RE: You know these criminals are going to prison
By BuddyRich on 2/3/2008 3:15:17 PM , Rating: 2
So as a civilized country, the US is going to give back all of the land it stole from its rightful owners as it colonized what is now the western US? (not that the Spanish or British weren't also guilt of the same thing even earlier, the French weren't so bad, they negotiated in good faith with the natives when they colonized, at least in North America)

If they can tolerate a little theft (I don't see the US giving the Indians back their land) then whats a little theft of some intellectual property?

By rcc on 2/4/2008 1:24:50 PM , Rating: 3
While the Native Americans in the US have gotten a raw deal on many occasions, they are still alive and able to maintain their own culture. Can we say the same of the Huns, Franks, Gauls, etc.? Every modern country has their own "native" skeletons, but most have chosen to bury them.

By DarkElfa on 2/3/2008 3:26:50 PM , Rating: 3
lompocus, nuke yourself, not only are you partially, maybe fully retarded, you're facts are so skewed I would be surprised if you knew up from down. Stop posting, just stop it, you're embarrassing yourself and others that are a part of the human race with you and the fact that you thought CoD4 sucked and Crysis was a good is just proof.

That said, let's be honest here people, the characters they need to stop are the piraters themselves, the ones who do the ripping and uploading, the guys who cam the films, the content providers. Instead however, they want to go the lazy rout and kill the messengers rather that the message.

As far as the conspiracy goes, that may hold up. Let's be honest here. TPB knows exactly what they're site is used for, it may not be illegal in and of itself, but its party to illegality. Let's put it this way, let us imagine I'm not a rapist but a guy who rapists can come to for addresses of vulnerable people they can rape, I name my business "Potential Rape Victims Address Info" and I give them that info damn well knowing what it is being used for. Now like I said before, I'm a supporter of the torrent community and file sharing in general, but I'm just giving the general idea here.

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