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The Pirate Bay's leadership were sentenced by a Swedish court to a year in jail and over $3M USD in damages for assisting copyright infringement. The defiant leadership announced a press conference, pictured here, to discuss their planned appeal of the verdict.  (Source: rstmfnvideo/Flickr)
Despite a spirited fight, Sweden's most high profile pirates get sent to the jail

The Pirate Bay was the world's largest torrent site; feeding millions of users downloading legally obtained and illegally infringed works.  It was the latter that cause the admins’ home nation of Sweden to drop the hammer and announce conspiracy charges and other charges against the feisty pirates. The parties involved included Peter “brokep” Sunde Kolmisoppi, Gottfrid “anakata” Svartholm, Fredrik “TiAMO” Neij, as well as Carl Lundström, who hosted the site via his company, Rix Telecom.

The groups once had dreams of founding their own country, but the proud pirates fell, facing the legal fight of their lives.  From telling the lawyers of the
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) who were assisting Swedish authorities to "go screw themselves" to releasing intriguing figures that 80 percent of their torrents were legal, the pirates put up a spirited fight indeed.  For a time, it seemed they had the prosecution on the ropes -- they had to alter their charges against the group, faced with difficulty proving their current case.

However, in the end it was not enough, and the Stockholm district court found the four pirates guilty of assisting copyright infringement sending them to a year of hard time in jail.  To add insult to injury, the court also ordered them to give up their bounty, ordering SEK 30 million ($3.59M USD) in damages.

The three week trial concluded with a somewhat surprising victory for the prosecution.  The verdict stated that the Pirate Bay leadership was guilty of "promoting other people's infringements of copyright laws."

The Swedish officials have discovered that their plans to place the feisty group behind bars might be put on hold though, as the group plans an appeal.  The Pirate Bay states, "This will not be the final decision, only the first before the losing party will appeal. It will have no real effect on anything besides setting the tone for the debate."

Mr. Kolmisoppi (brokep) twittered this morning urging Pirate Bay fans to stay calm, and noted that there would be no interruption in their service or their fight against the charges.  He wrote, "Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file-sharing whatsoever."

The leadership held a special press conference for the media at the Museum of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.  At the conference were Rasmus Fleischer of Piratbyrån, Sara Sajjad of Piratbyrån, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (aka Anakata), Peter Sunde (aka Brokep) and Magnus Eriksson of Piratbyrån. Fredrik Neij (TiAMO) and the fourth defendant Carl Lundström were not in attendance.

A defiant Mr. Warg challenged Sweden's leadership to try to stop the site, stating, "What are they going to do? They have already failed to take the site down once. Let them fail again.  It has its own life without us."

As to the order to surrender his supposed bounty, he states, "I already have more debt in Sweden than I will ever be able to pay off. I don’t even live here. They are welcome to send me a bill. I will frame it and put it on the wall."

Asked if he viewed his campaign as fight for technology, Mr. Kolmisoppi responded, "I think it is something in between actually. We have a personal liability for this, we have a personal risk which has some impact on our feelings. But definitely it’s not defending the technology, it’s more like defending the idea of the technology and that’s probably the most important thing in this case - the political aspect of letting the technology be free and not controlled by an entity which doesn’t like technology."  



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RE: All I can think of is...
By Basilisk on 4/17/2009 10:01:38 AM , Rating: 0
[I expect the "Jesus" and "Job s " references are ironic humor, not attributions. If anyone doesn't recognize the origins, Obiwan said this to Darth Vader in the fatal duel. It has been parodied/assimilated elsewhere, also.]


RE: All I can think of is...
By erikejw on 4/17/2009 10:04:02 AM , Rating: 3
Apparently the lead detective was paid about 150k$ from Warner Brothers as extra income and left his job the same day he reported his findings to the prosecutor.

He has since then worked for WB and was not contactable in any way to witness. He simply went underground.

Jim Keyser is his name.
Keyser Soze anyone ;)


RE: All I can think of is...
By Spookster on 4/17/2009 11:36:49 AM , Rating: 5
I Usually Suspect that. :)


RE: All I can think of is...
By RW on 4/17/09, Rating: 0
RE: All I can think of is...
By SiliconDoc on 4/25/2009 6:19:36 AM , Rating: 2
Can we now get the same number of Congressional players in prison, and that many from wallstreet, for their 20 years long internet connnected priority computer pipeline on the backbone of the internet and into every giant campaign contributing bank, investment firm, and lawyer lobbying crew, also connected to the backbone to wrest their 20 years long deca-trillion dollar crime spree on the American public and indeed on the world?
To add insult to injury, after they were caught, they all played dumb, pointed their finger in 20 diferent directions, declared the end of the world and capitalism, THEN WENT ON AN ENORMOUS NEVER BEFORE SEEN MASSIVE FOLLOW UP COVER UP CRIME SPREE WHILE DISTORTING AND DESTROYING EVIDENCE, HIRING THE CRIMINALS THAT WERE IN CAHOOTS WITH THEM ALL THE TIME, AND DECLARING LATER THEY DON'T KNOW HOW THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS GOT AWAY, MUCH ALL OVER THE WORLD BANKS AND MUCH INTO THE VERY TAX CHEATS FORMER CEO COMPANIES.
I mean, it's like, FORGET IT, the criminals who really steal have all the authorities and prosecutors STAND DOWN while they pirate rob the ENTIRE WORLD for a 20 years into the future bill.
This is so PATHETIC and miniscule in comparison, it is utter INCOMPETENCE and an INSULT to sentient beings worldwide.
Throw the lying judge and his consortium prosecutor into the morge, then lets get on with it for the criminals on Capitol Hill and their STREAM of robberbarron cohorts.
I'm not even exagerrating - it's so sick I don't even have the words to express the level of outrage.


RE: All I can think of is...
By smackababy on 4/17/2009 10:18:19 AM , Rating: 5
Thank you for informing us of the Star Wars reference. I am sure nobody else caught it. =)


RE: All I can think of is...
By callmeroy on 4/22/2009 9:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the same...lol

I can understand why the guy pointing out Star Wars was down grade (because folks were likely think No $hit Sherlock!)....but what gave me a chuckle more than the intended humor was how the "Jesus?" comment gets a 5 --- and someone says "Jobs?" and they get a -1.......

So in some perverse way --- folks here rate Jobs more sacred a figure than Jesus?

ok...well that explains a lot to me about some posters on this site ....lol


RE: All I can think of is...
By Mitch101 on 4/17/2009 12:52:07 PM , Rating: 5
Darn it I had Mrs Plum in the Library with the candle sticks. Now I know why I'm picked last for Pictionary.


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