The Pirate Bay Co-owners Found Guilty AgainAdded: Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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The long-lasting process of another The Pirate Bay appeal is finally over, and the verdict against its 3 co-founders has just been announced. The Swedish Appeal Court found them all guilty of copyright infringement. They were handed down jail sentences of 4-10 months and damages of over $6.5 million.
It was in last April when the Stockholm Court handed out the decision of sentencing 4 of The Pirate Bay co-founders to 12 months in jail and ordering to pay $905,000 fine for each. Of course, the defendants appealed the decision, so the suit went before the Appeal Court almost 2 months ago.
This Friday the Swedish Appeal Court announced the ruling, which has decreased the jail sentences, but increased the damages the site co-owners are to pay to the harmed industries. The court said that the BitTorrent tracker has facilitated unauthorized file-sharing, which resulted in criminal liability for the site owners. The three site co-founders were proved to participate in illegal activities in different ways.
The court even increased the total damages for the industry, accepting the expanded evidence of the entertainment industry of its losses due to illegal file-sharing. All of the Nordic companies received the entire amount demanded, while all other companies received around half of what they asked for.
Meanwhile, the fourth website co-owner, Gottfrid Svartholm, wasn’t included in the court decision due to his absence at the hearings explained by medical circumstances. It was decided that his case will be reviewed separately.
It is also clear from the decision that the court of appeals opted for jail sentences in order to simply set an example, even though such sentences don’t usually fit for copyright infringement.
As for the entertainment industry, it of course applauded the ruling, saying that it’s great that the court has confirmed the fact that everyone who dares to infringe copyright will be sent to prison. However, as it was clear from the very beginning, all three defendants are appealing at the Supreme Court in the near future.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter what happens next, as nothing will change for the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker – The Pirate Bay will stay online and operate as usual, because the defendants have nothing to do with the site anymore.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
December 1st, 2010Posted by:
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
|so who owns/runs piratebay now?|
|posted by (2010-12-02 20:39:10)|
|George Bush and Osama Bin Laden co manage it with Elvis.|
|posted by (2010-12-03 00:17:27)|
|posted by (2010-12-03 00:33:34)|
|they should register such name with the isp so the MPAA can go sue George Bush..|
|posted by (2010-12-03 07:40:06)|
New member (2010-12-02 20:39:10)
George Bush and Osama Bin Laden co manage it with Elvis.
So Elvis has been double dipping.. typical king for ya..
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