The Pirate Bay Loses Appeal, Admins Sentenced to Prison Time
November 29, 2010 11:06 AM
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Fredrik Neij (right) and Peter Sunde (center) fought the law, but the law won. The pair have been sentenced to prison time by a Swedish appeals court for their role in creating the immensely popular site, The Pirate Bay.
The Pirate Bay remains one of the world's top torrent sites and is as active as ever, despite the media prosecutors' efforts.
To the brig, with ya, matie!
The bid by administrators of the world's largest torrent site,
The Pirate Bay
, to escape time in Swedish prison is at an end. An appeals court
a new ruling that is seen as largely unfavorable for the group and guarantees that they will serve prison time, if they stay in Sweden.
The ruling comes after nearly two years of legal conflict, which began when prosecutors filed charges against Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, and Peter Sunde, who ran the site; and Carl Lundström, a Swedish businessman who through his businesses sold services to the site. The men were charged with promoting massive copyright infringement and crime, much as their site's name might suggest.
At the trial the group put up a spirited defense, but eventually were defeated in a court ruling. The results were unsurprising, given information that would later come to light. The presiding judge in the case was a
former member of a copyright protection organization
and reportedly receiving compensation in the past from media organizations.
With the judge firmly in their pocket, the plaintiffs -- Swedish subsidiaries of leading music and film companies, including Sony BMG, Universal Music, EMI and Warner Brothers; and international copyright attack-dog the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) (the parent of America's RIAA) -- secured a guilty verdict. The accused were
sentenced to a year in prison
each and ordered to repay 32 million crowns ($4.57M USD).
The Pirate Bay
leaders scoffed at the charges, saying that even considering the net value of their servers, that they had nowhere near the amount demanded. They quick appealed, on the grounds that the judge in the case had an inappropriate conflict of interest.
A Swedish Court of Appeals finally reached a ruling last Friday and delivered a relatively harsh final sentence against
The Pirate Bay
creators. It stated, "The appeals court, like the district court, finds that the service Pirate Bay has facilitated illegal file sharing in a way which is punishable for those who carried out the service."
The sentences of two of the admins and the site's financier were all reduced. Fredrik Neij's prison time was cut to 10 months, Peter Sunde's to 8 months, and Carl Lundstrom's was cut to four months. However, their fines were raised even higher to 46 million crowns ($6.57M USD). Like the recent verdict against U.S. citizen Jammie Thomas-Rassert, that punitive judgment virtually ensures that the accused will live in poverty for much of the remainder of their lives, if they remain within the nation (the exception being Lundstrom, who has substantial wealth).
The IFPI's battle against
The Pirate Bay
in Sweden closely mirrors its battle (via the RIAA) against
in the U.S. In October a U.S. court ordered
permanently taken offline
If there's a bit of good news for supporters of
The Pirate Bay
, it's that the verdict has seemingly done little to achieve the prosecutors' goal of damaging the site. The site is still online and is
as active as ever
. It is now registered in the Seychelles, an island nation known for its lose copyright laws. And rather than a small set of individuals, which could be prosecuted, the site is now run by a larger organization.
The leadership of Europe's Pirate Party, which supports loosening copyright laws, mocked the verdict. Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge while implying court corruption said that the ruling would do little to stop piracy. He states, "This case was politically motivated from the start and (the problem) must be solved politically. This doesn't mean anything for The Pirate Bay and it doesn't mean anything for similar sites. File sharing is increasing every day and the only thing this means is that more and more people will try to hide what they are doing on the Internet."
And recent data on piracy worldwide indicates that he's right.
In short, big media may get to chuckle at the misfortune of the piracy ringleaders who will soon be in the brig, but at the end of the day it's the millions of pirates worldwide who are enjoying the last laugh.
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RE: Moore's Law and Piracy
11/30/2010 8:18:11 PM
I was having this debate with my housemates, saying that if they were to provide an easily storable, non-DRM versions of a films for people to download for, say, £1 or so, then people would buy it that way.
My housemates laughed at me, then returned to their PCs to download the latest films for free. That sure showed me!
Things will ultimately shift to free. It's definitely the 'future', I just wish that large corporations would play ball and accept that their strategy doesn't work any more... instead of trying to strip us of the internet and everything else that conflicts with their current business model.
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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