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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: Buy an Island?
By JAB on 11/13/2007 8:11:50 AM , Rating: 1
I really doubt that. If that was even RUMORED to happen, the United States would be in hot water with numerous other governments around the world.

Our government has proven it will do what ever it wants if they think they can get away with it. They have gotten rid of whole countrys and were forgiven why should a few "criminals" get better treatment.
We are torturing people in our own country and ignoring the constitution so the government can "fight terror". If this is right or wrong is another matter. What can we do to defend ourselves without becoming what we despise?

RE: Buy an Island?
By Homerboy on 11/13/2007 8:52:53 AM , Rating: 3
What countries did out govt get rid of?

RE: Buy an Island?
By sprockkets on 11/13/2007 12:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps he meant we overthrew the government of Iraq, not wiped it off the map.

But hey, all Bush has to say is TPB is developing WMD, aka, destroying our way of life via da torrents, and sign hit usual signing statement and they are gone, not an issue for him.

RE: Buy an Island?
By Oregonian2 on 11/13/2007 2:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the US had a lot to do with getting rid of Hitler as well. I'm sure the world hates us for that too.

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