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"Bring it on!" say Pirate Bay leaders

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.

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RE: Hilarious
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2007 6:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
What do the cops do in your country when someone is suspected of a crime. I know here they get charged until they're found guilty or innocent.

RE: Hilarious
By jajig on 11/13/2007 7:57:30 AM , Rating: 2
You mean 'Not Guilty' I've never heard of someone found innocent.

RE: Hilarious
By Treckin on 11/13/2007 11:50:16 AM , Rating: 1
hmmm. Writ of Factual Innocence.

Says that not only were you found Not Guilty, you were factually proven innocent. Comes with record expungment and so on.

God, the legal system is grand when you know it, but fucked when you dont!

RE: Hilarious
By Oregonian2 on 11/13/2007 3:12:59 PM , Rating: 2
No, I just think that it means to be found not guilty. Even when everybody knows the person did it and is guilty -- but has a critical damning evidence thrown out for technical reasons -- they will be found "not guilty" even if everybody including the judge knows they are guilty as ****.

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