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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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RE: Why...
By leidegre on 4/2/2008 1:57:59 AM , Rating: -1
What are you talking about? Copyright infrighment is as illegal as anywhere else, but Sweden is a very open country, and people don't really need to be anyonomous to have privacy in Sweden, we are that kind of people.

More over, TPB is quite the fuzz, in news every now and then, and they want to take it down. But Sweden has laws that make that difficult.

The bottom line is that they can put up a defence which is much more plausible according to Swedish law. Also, the autorities don't care that much about it, they have other things which are more pressing to attend to (there are organizations that specifically targets TPB, but so far they have been unsuccessful). TPB is just one of those things...

RE: Why...
By Mudvillager on 4/2/2008 5:26:16 AM , Rating: 3
Torrent sites != Copyright infrighment

RE: Why...
By leidegre on 4/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: Why...
By Mudvillager on 4/2/2008 8:36:18 AM , Rating: 5
Tell that to Google.

RE: Why...
By tastyratz on 4/2/2008 9:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
Would you sue the grocery store if someone put your business card up without your permission? How is that the fault of the grocery store?

They don't host illegal files they are a non discriminatory bulletin board basically.

RE: Why...
By seekerofknowledge on 4/2/2008 10:06:44 AM , Rating: 4
Bad analogy; business cards are not commodities.

RE: Why...
By therealnickdanger on 4/2/2008 10:10:44 AM , Rating: 5
Neither are hyperlinks.

RE: Why...
By Oregonian2 on 4/2/2008 6:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
Can't say I know what the subject of this thread does, but I do know that Google does in fact directly steal copyrighted material in their web-page cache (which is useful I'll admit) as well as stealing photos (some photos from my websites have been stolen and are now in the google collection somewhere).

RE: Why...
By sporr on 4/8/2008 10:20:48 AM , Rating: 2
Google vs MPAA/RIAA tbqfh.

RE: Why...
By Viditor on 4/2/2008 9:02:53 AM , Rating: 2
Copyright infrighment is as illegal as anywhere else

Torrent sites are almost never guilty of copyright infringment, what they are convicted of is enabling copyright infringement. Swedish law doesn't recognize this as illegal...

RE: Why...
By Tsuwamono on 4/2/2008 9:47:10 AM , Rating: 5
Hurray for Sweden

*Goes to TPB And downloads Entire Metalica discography"

RE: Why...
By Some1ne on 4/2/2008 4:22:36 PM , Rating: 1
what they are convicted of is enabling copyright infringement

Meh. The entire Internet does little more than enable copyright infringement, so if "enabling copyright infringement" is going to be illegal, then maybe we should all just go and sue Al Gore for cursing us with the invention of the Internet.

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