Swedish Prosecutor Håkan Roswall announced his intent to press charges against The Pirate Bay before January 31, 2008, on the grounds that it is suspected of facilitating copyright infringement. Specifically targeted are five individuals associated with The Pirate Bay, only two of which are known at this time.
According to TorrentFreak, the two known individuals are TPB administrator Brokep a.k.a. Peter Sunde, and Swedish neo-fascist Carl Lundström, whose hosting company Rix Telecom once offered cheap bandwidth to the site.
The announcement appears to be a follow-up to statements made earlier this year by Roswall, who previously “vowed” to file charges against the infamous piracy site.
Rowswell expects that the charges will be backed up by evidence May 2006 raid that resulted in the seizure of 180 servers at TPB’s hosting center and knocked the site offline for several days.
The Pirate Bay, however, does not think that Roswall will be successful in his attempts, as the site maintains that it is merely a search engine and does not actually host any of the infringing materials in question. Further, a recent leak regarding the May 2006 raid reveals that the Swedish police have little to no evidence in supporting Roswall’s claims or any other wrong-doings.
Responding to Roswall’s May 2007 statements, TPB administrator Tobias Andersson accused the Swedish police of needing to save face, noting that TPB “expected” to face charges. “Of course we don't think they will succeed,” he said, “I think they feel they have to do it. It would look bad otherwise since they had 20 to 30 police officers involved in the raid … we will most likely be cleared as it is obvious that there is no copyrighted material on the site, there are just links to other places.”
“Whatever the outcome, we will continue,” said Andersson. “If we are outlawed in Sweden we will continue elsewhere. There will be no downtime.”
For a brief time earlier this year, The Pirate Bay attempted to raise money to buy the tiny island nation of Sealand, supposedly to avoid any copyright-related prosecution, but quickly abandoned its efforts.