ThePirateBay.org 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
“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
quote: 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.