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Pirate Bay Trial Ends With One Year Sentence

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Posted: 06:26AM

That's right, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom each were sentenced to a year in prison. On top of that, they were ordered to pay $3.6 million USD to entertainment companies including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, and Columbia Pictures. The defense had stated that the site didn't actually host any copyrighted materials, only links to files through torrents. The court, however, found them guilty "by providing a website with ... sophisticated search functions, simple download and storage capabilities, and through the tracker linked to the website." This all started with a crackdown in 2006, which critics say was caused by Swedish authorities caving to US pressure. Many in the country defend the right to trade files freely.

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Waco on April 17, 2009 07:23AM
That's bullshit...
martian_aphid on April 17, 2009 08:02AM
Its a harsh verdict, but it was virtually inevitable with the pressure that was being applied by the industry - a loss for them would be huge. The daft thing is that their victory has no substance beyond a headline, they probably wasted tens of millions in legal fees and they will no change a culture that has emerged because of the fundamental flaws of a system they are still trying to keep alive despite the fact that it is already virtually dead. The saddest thing is that this victory will not bring about any real beneficial change.
slick2500 on April 17, 2009 08:59AM
This is stupid. So if the music industry can sue someone for hosting links to files, can I sue McDonalds for selling me food that makes me fat?
MrAlex on April 17, 2009 09:49AM
Problem is there is a Hamburger Bill that stops you suing fast food companies for food that makes you fat.
Onion on April 17, 2009 12:27PM
Ok. Say I walk in to McD's and steal hamburgers, and get fat as hell. I sue them for making me fat...then they counter sue for stealing. xD
slick2500 on April 17, 2009 11:23AM
Its the same principle, if we can't sue convenience stores for selling cigarettes that gave us cancer, or Wal-Mart for selling a shotgun that took out part of a shopping mall, or the bar that the drunk driver that ran into the school bus full of kids came from, then why should the music and movie industry be able to sue a website for providing links to download copyrighted material. Yeah this same bill shoudl apply to this as well, they are not doing anything illegal, they didn't copy the files they aren't hosting the files on there servers,
CheeseMan42 on April 17, 2009 05:02PM
I like the part where I believe Sunde said he won't pay the fine and would rather burn everything he has and not even give them the ashes.
dr_bowtie on April 17, 2009 05:33PM
you would have to sue McDonalds for putting food links on signs (pictures of food) that would make you fat...:) oh well just another nazi attempt to get more freedom from you...
tkrow21 on April 17, 2009 07:40PM
No, you would actually have to sue the company renting out the billboards to McDonalds to achieve the same logic.
Marne_Aeok on April 17, 2009 06:30PM

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