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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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still there
By astonmartin on 4/2/2008 7:06:26 AM , Rating: 5
You can read some other sometimes funny piratebay conversation emails with accusing companies (for ex. microsoft, EA)here: .

In determining the asked claims they usually use the download count which imo really is wrong, as obviously you would not buy everything you download as a lot of it is or contains rubbish to. In that way they should use and see it in an opportunity for promotion.

I also would like to add that you can find A LOT of legal files on TPB and other torrentsites who also "link" to illegal movies/etc.
for ex. the recently released short movie FITNA which was refused on many "legal" sharing websites. In that way it encourages the freedom of speech as ANYONE can get there upload torrented.

Attacking the big ones (TPB/torrentspy) may be a good attempt to hit torrent use in short term period. But it has triggered the event of many small (5000 people) private torrentsites who are more difficult to detect, control , let alone target.

And you must admit, staying around that long as TPB and being up and running again in 3 days after the raid, "fighting" such big lobbies deserves a certain degree of "respect". Despite the fact if its legal or not.

RE: still there
By afkrotch on 4/2/2008 11:29:35 AM , Rating: 2
And you must admit, staying around that long as TPB and being up and running again in 3 days after the raid, "fighting" such big lobbies deserves a certain degree of "respect". Despite the fact if its legal or not.

Uh huh. Trying to defend your hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, worth of ad revenue deserves "respect". Ya, don't think so.

RE: still there
By majorpain on 4/2/2008 6:04:34 PM , Rating: 1
Damn im still laughing after reading a few replys from them... lol
If any of u guys feel sad, u should go and read some.. so F@$#@$ hilarious!
Btw, i bougtht a computer with Office 2007 PRO OEM with my computer, no DVD to reinstall the suite if i ever needed, and i did... had to download it from torrents in a few hours and used my bought and original license key. Easier than paying to MS to send me a DVD and faster.

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