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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: Stupid, stupid rat creatures...
By Motoman on 4/19/2009 1:37:38 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry, don't buy it. TPB doesn't have any real interaction with anything happening with their service. It's all peer-to-peer. It's not the same as a bartender serving's more like TPB owns a plot of land and put up a sign saying "free public use." Some people will come and have a nice little picnic. Other people will use that land as a base for selling drugs and pimping hos.

As for the importance you seem to be applying to the name "The Pirate Bay" - do you honestly think this lawsuit wouldn't have been lodged if they called it "The Fluffy Bunny Happy Land?" Or..."Demonoid?" A name is BS in all cases. But if you're right, then every torrent tracking site that doesn't have "pirate" in it's name must be in the clear then, right, since they aren't demonstrating any intent for people to trade illicit files? know, I have some prime real estate in Florida you might be interested in...

By SiliconDoc on 4/25/2009 7:11:19 AM , Rating: 2
He made some very foolish arguments like every case is he said she said... declaring a direct opposite to common law and the magna carta, and our very justice system which declares TWO witnesses must be the accusors..., and pretends like the most recently famous clinton Lewinsky scandal, like a braindead zombie - he said she said was all there was.
No, in fact the JUST CASES have a lot more than he said she said, or they would be THROWN OUT IMMEDIATELY. (nowadays they often are not)
With people like him who get part of the concepts then exagerrate, lie, or fudge the rest, people like NIFONG are on a RAMPANT RISE in our society.
turns out the judge along with the prosecutors were corrupt in this case, it has been revealed the judge has a huge conflict of interst, which like any piece of crap he has denied after the trials conclusion.
Criminals are prosecuting nowadays, sitting on benches, and afterwards LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH.
If there was justice, the judge would be barred, debenched, and imprisoned, the case, tossed, and a second or third or fourth run at the entity, BANNED FOREVER.
But our society and the world does not function properly on common law and common decency anymore.
It demands the right to abuse and imprison with lying criminal dogs heading up the people's side of that equation, and when they are caught red handed, it demands an endless number of do-overs, and therefore promotes it own dedcaying, corrupt body, soon to be a disgusting carcass, if things don't change.
Justice is not the powers that be breaking every rule and restraint placed upon them for the good of the people, by the people, and for the people, then telling the people to go blow, that they did nothing wrong.
This is where we are - the age of NIFONG, the FBI humping their star government witness and destroying and deleting exculpatory evidence for the defense, cops beating the suspects, tasing them to death in group sessions and lying about it, the police chiefs getting on Tv and lying to cover it up, Congress making what has long been illegal, legal for robbery and scam reasons, pumping it for decads, getting caught, and stealing trillions in the cover up and fix it up obstruction works...
Nope, as far as I'm concerned the corrupt judge in cahoots with the same organized prosecutors LIED, covered up the conflict of interest, got exposed after their pre-determined lying and coersion, AND LOST THE CHANCE FOR THE PUBLIC TO HAVE JUSTICE. END OF STORY, END OF CASE - NOW PUT THE JUDGE IN PRISON WHERE HE BELONGS.

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