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Pirate Bay four jailed for breaking copyright in Swedish file-sharing trial (File Sharing)
telegraph ^ | 17 Apr 2009 | Rupert Neate

Posted on 04/17/2009 6:47:21 AM PDT by tlb

The founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay have been sentenced to a year in jail in Sweden for breaking copyright laws by helping millions of users download music, movies and computer games for free.

The four were also ordered to pay $3.6 m (£2.4m) in damages to copyright holders, including Warner Brothers, MGM, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox Films, Sony and Universal, according to Swedish media reports.

In a Twitter posting before sentencing, Mr Sunde said: "Nothing will happen to TPB [the Pirate Bay], this is just theatre for the media."

The Pirate Bay provides a forum for its estimated 22 million users to download content.

But the court found the defendants guilty of helping users commit copyright violations "by providing a website with ... sophisticated search functions, simple download and storage capabilities, and through the tracker linked to the website".

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: filesharing; piratepay; riaa
The servers will always stay one step ahead.
1 posted on 04/17/2009 6:47:21 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

Today’s copyright laws are unreasonable;go back to the law as it was in 1970 .14 years is plenty long enough to make money on your movie ,song, or book then it becomes public.


2 posted on 04/17/2009 6:55:22 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham
AMEN!

There is no legitimate excuse for the government to maintain an outrageous monopoly that the music and movie industry have enjoyed for decades.

I think that the fee for copyright should be increased. Maybe along the lines of 10% of the total take during the life of the copyright.

Then we could watch HELLywood squirm.

3 posted on 04/17/2009 7:55:49 AM PDT by dbehsman (NRA Life Member and loving every minute of it!)
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To: hoosierham
When will Google be sentenced? They link to more illegal stuff than anyone.

Ahhh,......they give money to the Democrats. I see.

4 posted on 04/17/2009 7:57:34 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: hoosierham

Hahaha.. but then you can’t have leeches getting free rides off of others works forever.


5 posted on 04/17/2009 7:59:56 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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