Torrent Freak is reporting that Pirate Bay has lost its court case in Sweden. Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström were all found guilty.
The Pirate Bay team will have to spend a year in jail and the fine between the four of them totals over $3.6 million. The court said that the four worked as a team and were aware that copyrighted material was being shared using Pirate Bay. It said that the infringement was severe. The first offense was done by the users of Pirate Bay by sharing the files and the team was found guilty of assisting this copyright infringement.
The civil case ran along side the criminal case. The $3.6 million will be paid in compensation for lost sales and split up among 17 media companies. Some of the companies are Twentieth Century Fox ($1.3 million), followed by Columbia Pictures ($504,000) and Warner Bros. ($300,000).
Torrent Freak reports:
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.”
The judge also said that the usage of BitTorrent at Pirate Bay is illegal.
Pirate Bay's site has said "But as in all good movies, the heroes lose in the beginning but have an epic victory in the end anyhow. That's the only thing Hollywood ever taught us."
The TPB is asking for Sweden to be banned from the Internet according to Paul Glazowski.
TPB will evidently be “asking…international ISPs to block traffic to Sweden. Yes, that’s right! We want Sweden to be banned from the Internet.” Brokep’s explanation for such a request? “The ISPs need to block Sweden in order to protect their own customers integrity since everything they do on Swedish ISPs’ networks will be logged and searched.”
According to Peter Sunde Pirate Bay will stay on the Web as the site was not on trial. The four will be appealing the verdict so that final, final decision could be years off.
Torrent Freak reports:
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.”