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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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Lol, looks like we need a law change
By rcc on 11/13/2007 1:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
that it is merely a search engine and does not actually host any of the infringing materials in question

New category of Internet criminal, pimps and panderers. "We don't host it, we just facilitate it".

By Oregonian2 on 11/13/2007 3:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, gets tricky. Google is probably a master facilitator (not just youtube where they actually host the illegal goods), but don't seem to be attacked for their search engine (nor Yahoo, MSN search, or any of the zillion other minor ones that undoubtedly have links to copyrighted material). Knife makers facilitate stabbings, twine makers facilitate choking murders, just general telephone service facilitate conspiracies. But those don't seem to be taken to court. There's fuzzy things going on and it's hard to come up with rule making that's philosophically consistent. At least for me (not that I think about it much at times when it's not a dailytech topic). Or maybe my brain is just fuzzy (okay, please nobody take advantage of this straight line).

P.S.- Do the Swedish pirate guys have their own logo that could be used for this article (and others like it)? Johnny Depp is getting on my nerves, getting OD'd on his image (as well as thinking that the series of movies started so-so and went downhill from there). :-)

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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