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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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By Quiescent on 4/4/2008 9:53:11 AM , Rating: 2
Do they get that ThePirateBay is not copyright infringing? It's just another Google, except for torrents. I've been getting some strange traffic from this chinese MP3 search site called baidu to my songs.

Frankly, I'm too paranoid of letting my music be on the internet. I'm afraid someone is going to claim it as their own, when I was the one who put my time and my creativity into them. I knew someone who claim that the songs that came with FLS 6 was his. And that just made me even more paranoid.

Otherwise, I would be happy to share my music, and still accept donations. It's certainly not right to make people pay for your songs if you don't pay for the software you use to make them.

RE: And...
By desertvet on 4/4/2008 2:19:45 PM , Rating: 2
While I must admit that I am very surprised at the number of comments that appear to be standing up for an organization whose primary function is to enable the distribution of copyrighted material (don’t even try to look innocent and deny it), I’m even more shocked at the comments attempting to defend it from a technical standpoint.
… ThePirateBay is not copyright infringing? It's just another Google, except for torrents.

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

Since when is Torrent itself illegal?

What?!! – Why not just say “I didn’t steal any music…I just downloaded a bunch of one’s and zero’s” . This would almost be funny if there weren’t so many people trying to justify stealing.

The reason that the argument “The Pirate Bay is simply acting as an innocent bulletin board” doesn’t work, is the same reason EBay doesn’t allow the Medellin Drug Cartel to auction off kilos of Cocaine – ITS ILLEGAL!

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