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Infamous file-sharing continues its string of defiance leader Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, speaking to Swedish newspaper The Local, told recording industry lawyers to “go screw themselves” in response to the IFPI’s Monday demands for $2.5 million in compensatory damages.

The damage figure comes as part of the latest round in the ongoing legal saga surrounding The Pirate Bay and its leadership, which includes Svartholm, as well as co-founder Peter “Brokep” Sunde and administrators Fredrik Neij, among others. The four were indicted late last January on conspiracy charges, for the site’s role in facilitating piracy for 24 music albums, nine films, and four computer games.

Svartholm says he and his colleagues laughed at the claimed amount of damages, which he thinks were calculated by multiplying the number of the number of properties in the indictment times the number of times they were downloaded. This is wildly unrealistic, says Svartholm, because most downloaders would not have paid full price for an album in the first place.

According to Swedish IFPI chapter head Lars Gustaffson, the $2.5 million claim is “based on the albums which the prosecutor has included in his indictment. The injury to the record companies, the artists, and the copyright holders caused by The Pirate Bay’s illegal activity is many times greater.”

“As usual, we’re not too concerned,” said Svartholm. “[The IFPI’s] numbers are pure fantasy.”

Despite continually finding itself under fire for digital piracy, The Pirate Bay has seen an increasing amount of use as a legitimate channel for artists and producers looking to experiment with legal BitTorrent distribution: Trent Reznor famously uploaded part of his Creative Commons-licensed Ghosts I-IV to The Pirate Bay earlier this month – earning back $1.6 million in the first week – and The League of Noble Peers likely earned back all its production costs after experimenting with a novel donation model for its freely-available Steal This Film II.

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Another heroic story about the pirate bay boys
By Staples on 4/2/2008 1:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
I am sure there will be a huge group of geeks who will get really excited because after all, these guys are heros. But for people like me who think these guys are a bunch of nobodys, I could care less if these guys all go to prison for the rest of their lives.

People complain about Apple fanboys so much but whenever an anti pirate article is posted here, a different group of fanboys come out of the woodworks and these guys are much more annoying than any Apple fanboy.

By TheSpaniard on 4/2/2008 8:41:58 AM , Rating: 2
hmm the way you translated his post reminds me of the formula of someone elses posts....

RE: Another heroic story about the pirate bay boys
By Apoxie on 4/2/2008 12:13:25 PM , Rating: 2
Next to nobody uses Pirate Bay

So i guess there is only about 130 websites in the world, since thepiratebay is nr. 130 amongst the most visited sites in the world:

RE: Another heroic story about the pirate bay boys
By JS on 4/2/2008 12:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
He did actually say "for legal reasons" if you read carefully, which is closer to the truth.

I have actually downloaded a couple of perfectly legal torrents from there, though. Some pdf:s and whatnot.

By Inkjammer on 4/2/2008 1:04:26 PM , Rating: 1
I recently had to download a copy of XP Pro after I discovered the disc had cracked. I was able to download a new copy in about four hours, no effort. So I won't dispute Pirate Bay has its legal uses, but search for just about anything, and you have to dig to find anything legit.

By RateMeDown on 4/2/2008 11:26:52 PM , Rating: 4
Hey Geek - you better get your Fanboy to cool off that temper - LMFAO

what a loser

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