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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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By Beenthere on 11/13/2007 8:29:06 AM , Rating: -1
It's about time these scumbags who believe they are above the law, get prosecuted and sent to prison for 20 years. They know full well that facilitation of Piracy is a crime and yet they promote it. Now is the time to send a clear message to all Pirates and facilitators that prison time is the penalty for your crimes. Punishment is suppose to be a deterrent and 20 years in the slammer for these slimeballs will be a good deterrent.




By Bioniccrackmonk on 11/13/2007 9:13:51 AM , Rating: 5
I do believe that Swedish laws allow them to operate in the manner they have been. If they are not breaking any laws in their country, then why should they go to jail for 20 years?

Honestly, do you work for the MPAA/RIAA? Because just about every post from you that I have seen was completely rated down due to your ad nauseam rants that seem to reinforce the RIAA/MPAA modus operandi.


By JackBurton on 11/13/2007 10:40:16 AM , Rating: 2
^^^^^^^^^^^
Oh look at that, a member of the MPAA/RIAA stopped by to say "hi."


By sprockkets on 11/13/2007 12:53:13 PM , Rating: 1
You are sooooooo stupid. They raided their offices in May 2006, and have yet to charge them with anything, WHY? Oh, that's right, cause they found nothing they could charge them with.

You think that after operating years in Sweden that they haven't known of their existence? You understand the only reason why they were raided to begin with was due to the US and their bullshit of we are the world and we are the law for everyone?

An MPAA person would only word it the way you do. Why don't you go shove a blue ray disc up your ass, since it won't play anyhow on your officially sanctioned blue ray player due to multiple layers of DRM bull shit, and your HD monitor thinks your player anyhow sometimes is insecure as well.


By sprockkets on 11/13/2007 12:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
Reposting this msg due to it auto rating me to 0:

You are sooooooo stupid. They raided their offices in May 2006, and have yet to charge them with anything, WHY? Oh, that's right, cause they found nothing they could charge them with.

You think that after operating years in Sweden that they haven't known of their existence? You understand the only reason why they were raided to begin with was due to the US and their bullshit of we are the world and we are the law for everyone?

An MPAA person would only word it the way you do. Why don't you go shove a blue ray disc up your ass, since it won't play anyhow on your officially sanctioned blue ray player due to multiple layers of DRM bull shit, and your HD monitor thinks your player anyhow sometimes is insecure as well.


By mindless1 on 11/14/2007 5:52:00 AM , Rating: 1
Actually, you have no evidence. "Most" involved, as-in those pirating vs those complaining, are the pirates. In a democracy, if you choose to live in one, the pirates would not be breaking any laws.

If you choose to hate people for some arbitrary reason, too bad for you. There has never been any excuse for people like you to make the rest of use pay more taxes for prison terms for what we consider irrelevant, supposed crimes.

Screw you for thinking I should pay for imprisoning people for things I don't want to pay taxes to prevent! It's my money and I don't give a hoot what you think I should fund.

If you think it's that important, set an example and donate more of your income than everyone else does. I'll wait, show us proof that you mean what your wrote, the money is the proof.


"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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