[LINK] Pirate Bay Guilty
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Fri Apr 17 23:40:10 AEST 2009
News just in ...
It'll be interesting to see how this all pans out.
Of course, there will be appeals.
Pirate Bay defendants found guilty
by Mats Lewanand Erik Palm
A Swedish court on Friday found the four
defendants in the high-profile Pirate Bay case
guilty, sentencing each to a year in jail. The
defendants were also ordered to pay a total of 30
million Swedish kronor ($3.6 million) in damages
to copyright holders, among them a number of
American media giants.
The four men--Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm
Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundström--were
found guilty of having made 33
copyright-protected files accessible for illegal
file sharing via the Piratebay.org Web site.
"The crime has been commited in a commercial and
organized form," Judge Tomas Norström said in a
Web broadcast from a press conference in
Warg and Neij are the founders of The Pirate Bay.
Sunde is a programmer and a spokesman there, and
Lundström offered technical services to the site
The Web site--one of the most visited BitTorrent
destinations in the world--offers a search engine
for torrents that can be used for file sharing.
It also offers a tracker, which is a server that
keeps file swappers linked.
After a 13-day trial, judge Tomas Norström, plus
his assistant and three namndeman (essentially a
jury with extended powers), found ample evidence
for a guilty verdict, though no actual files are
stored on the Web site.
As a result of a civil claim filed alongside the
criminal case, the four men will have to pay $3.6
million in compensation for lost sales to 17
media companies. Among them are Warner Bros.
Entertainment, MGM Pictures, Columbia Pictures
Industries, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Sony BMG,
Universal, EMI, Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra
Entertainment, and Activision.
The largest portion of that total is allotted to
Twentieth Century Fox ($1.3 million), followed by
Columbia Pictures ($504,000) and Warner Bros.
The four defendants have already vowed to appeal
the verdict, and it could take years before the
case reaches Sweden's Supreme Court.
"This is a victory for the prosecutor so far, but
this is just the first round," said Jonas
Nilsson, the defense attorney for Fredrik Neij,
according to Swedish News Agency TT. The $3.6
million in damages is extreme in a Swedish case,
Nilsson told TT.
Update 3:40 a.m. PDT: Added comment from the
judge and a defense attorney, plus a breakdown of
the largest portions of the $3.6 million in
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