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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 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.


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