The Pirate Bay back online after fine threat

Aug 25, 2009
Supporters of The Pirate Bay, an illegal download site, demonstrate in Stockholm in April 2009. The Pirate Bay, one of the world's most popular filesharing websites, was back online on Tuesday after being shut down when a Swedish court threatened its bandwith supplier with a hefty fine.

The Pirate Bay, one of the world's most popular filesharing websites, was back online on Tuesday after being shut down when a Swedish court threatened its bandwith supplier with a hefty fine.

The site could be accessed late in the afternoon on Tuesday after it had been taken offline the previous day.

The Pirate Bay's founders issued a statement in which they vowed to continue their fight against the Swedish authorities.

"We have, ourselves, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected...we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our Internets, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny," a press release signed by 'The Crew' said, echoing Winston Churchill's famous 1940 'fight them on the beaches' speech.

Stockholm's district court on Monday ordered Black Internet to stop providing bandwidth to The Pirate Bay or face a fine of 500,000 kronor (70,000 dollars, 50,000 euros).

"We received the decision about the fine shortly after lunch and shut down the capacity just before 3:00 pm," Black Internet's chief executive Victor Moeller told the online edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

A Swedish court in April found the four men behind The Pirate Bay guilty of promoting by running the site, sentencing them to a year in prison.

They were also ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor (2.72 million euros, 3.56 million dollars) to the movie and .

The four have appealed the verdict, and -- prior to Monday -- the site remained in operation.

However, the in July again sued The Pirate Bay over 100 movies and television series, demanding that the three men who run the site (the fourth is their financier) and Black Internet be prevented from operating it.

Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay makes it possible to skirt copyright fees and , film and computer game files using bit torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site.

None of the material can be found on The Pirate Bay server itself.

The Pirate Bay claims to have some 22 million users worldwide.

The site has been subject of a takeover bid in recent weeks after Global Gaming Factory (GGF), a Swedish online games firm, claimed on June 30 it acquired The Pirate Bay for a sum of 60 million kronor (5.9 million euros, 8.5 million dollars).

But media in Sweden have suggested that the acquisition announcement was merely a bluff to boost Global Gaming Factory's share price and now the Swedish Economic Crime Authority has opened an investigation into potential irregularities.

(c) 2009 AFP

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