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Pirate Bay - GUILTY

Post by KnightRid » Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:16 am

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Just minutes ago the verdict in the case of The Pirate Bay Four was announced. All four defendants were accused of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’. Peter Sunde: Guilty. Fredrik Neij: Guilty. Gottfrid Svartholm: Guilty. Carl Lundström: Guilty. The four receive 1 year in jail each and fines totaling $3,620,000.

While only a few weeks ago, it seems like an eternity since the trial of The Pirate Bay Four ended and the court retired to consider its verdict. The prosecution claimed that the four defendants were ‘assisting in making copyright content available’ and demanded millions of dollars in damages. The defense did not agree, and all pleaded not guilty - backed up by the inimitable King Kong defense.

Today, Friday April 17, the court issued its decision. Here are the main points relating to each defendant (continually updated live);

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Peter Sunde (born September 13, 1978) alias ‘brokep’:

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000

Peter Althin, brokep’s lawyer said, “I spoke to Peter and he wasn’t very surprised. A journalist he’d spoken to knew an hour before it was public that all four would be convicted. The verdict was leaked from the court. I have to think about what effects that can have on the sentence. It is unacceptable that the court is leaking.”
TiAMO
Fredrik Neij (born April 27, 1978) alias ‘TiAMO’:

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000




Anakata
Gottfrid Svartholm (October 17, 1984) alias ‘Anakata’:

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000

Anakata’s lawyer Ola Salomonsson said, “We’re appealing. It’s very surprising that the court has chosen to treat the accused as a team.”

Carl Lundstrom
Carl Lundström (born April 13, 1960)

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000





The court said that the four defendants worked as a team, were aware that copyrighted material was being shared using The Pirate Bay and that they made it easy and assisted the infringements. It categorized the infringements as ’severe’. The judge said that the users of The Pirate Bay committed the first offense by sharing files and the four assisted this.

While the court did not agree with the plaintiff’s exaggerated estimates of losses, it still set the damages at 30 million SEK ($3,620,000). This a hugely significant amount and the court has ordered that the four should pay this amount between them.

The judge also stated that the usage of BitTorrent at The Pirate Bay is illegal. Rest assured, other torrent sites hosted in Sweden will be keeping a close eye on developments.

The defense put it to the judge that he had folded under intense political pressure. The judge denied this stating that the court made its decision based on the case presented to them.

At one point the judge was asked if he was concerned for his personal safety after handing down this decision. The judge said he hadn’t received any harassment and was quite surprised at the question.

While the judge won’t be getting any flowers for this verdict, Roger Wallis who spoke in favor of The Pirate Bay at their trial and received a mountain of floral tributes in return, noted, “This will cause a flood of court cases. Against all the ISPs. Because if these guys assisted in copyright infringements, then the ISPs also did. This will have huge consequences. The entire development of broadband may be stalled.”

Peter Sunde has already explained that this decision does not mean the end of the line in this case. There will be an appeal which means we are still far away from the ultimate decision - possibly years away. Any appeal from either side must be submitted to Sweden’s higher Court by 9th May 2009.

Rasmus Fleischer, one of the founders of Piratbyrån commented, “The sentence has no formal consequence and no juridical value. We chose to treat the trial as a theater play and as such it’s been far better than we ever could have believed.”

As for the fate of the site, Peter has already promised that The Pirate Bay will continue. The site itself was never on trial, only the four individuals listed above.

This is a breaking news story, please check back frequently for updates.
Supposedly a "leak" - who knows

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Re: Pirate Bay - GUILTY - supposedly

Post by DMB2000uk » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:04 am

Seems like they are just treating this case as a media show, and aren't bothered till they hit the appeal.

It's amazing how cool and collected they all still are despite having been sentenced!

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Post by stopthekilling77 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:03 pm

DMB2000uk wrote:Seems like they are just treating this case as a media show, and aren't bothered till they hit the appeal.

It's amazing how cool and collected they all still are despite having been sentenced!

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Post by DMB2000uk » Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:48 pm

Well this court case hasn't been against the pirate bay as the website/entity, just the creators/owners, so the pirate bay will continue to run even if it's owners aren't there (though when it comes time to pay the hosting bills, who knows what'll happen)

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Post by moon111 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:40 pm

People can use their service to pirate music and software which is against the law. People can also use public transportation to commit a crime. Down with bus and taxi service!

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Post by stev » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:50 pm

Since this news broke out, more users have joined up to the pirate bay website.

Yes, this is another show in the media that could once again backfire against the complaints.
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Post by Dragon_Cooler » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:04 am

moon111 wrote:People can use their service to pirate music and software which is against the law. People can also use public transportation to commit a crime. Down with bus and taxi service!
HAHAHHAHA OHH SOOO TRUE!!!!
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