A Swedish prosecutor on Monday called for one year jail terms for four men charged with running The Pirate Bay, one of the world's top websites for illegal downloading.
"I believe that the correct punishment should be one year in prison and that is what I am requesting that the district court hand down in this case," prosecutor Haakan Roswall told the court.
Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstroem are accused of running The Pirate Bay website and "promoting other people's infringements of copyright laws."
On the second day of the trial, which began on February 16, Roswall dropped a separate charge of copying films and music.
Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay makes it possible to skirt copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files using torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site.
None of the material can thus be found on The Pirate Bay server itself.
Roswall insisted that the four defendants were running the site with the intent of promoting illegal downloads of copyrighted material, pointing out that they had made large sums of money on their activities.
The four, who have denied any wrongdoing, have been charged with illegally raking in at least 1.2 million kroner (104,000 euros, 131,000 dollars) by facilitating copyright infringement, but Roswall said Monday they could easily have made 10 times that amount.
The Pirate Bay claims to have some 22 million users worldwide.
Representatives of the movie, music and video games industry are asking for around 117 million kronor (10.1 million euros, 12.7 million dollars) in damages and interest for losses incurred from tens of millions of illegal downloads facilitated by the site.
Lawyers representing the industry were to hold their summations later Monday while the defence was scheduled to wrap up the trial on Tuesday.
The court is expected to take a few weeks to announce a verdict.
(c) 2009 AFP
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