Swedish Pirate Bay prosecutor reiterates jail requestOctober 12th, 2010 in Technology / Internet
Two co-founders of the file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay, Fredrik Neij (L) and Peter Sunde, wait on September 2010 at the Swedish Appeal Court in Stockholm. The prosecutor in the appeals trial of three founders and a financier of Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay requested Tuesday that their lower court sentences of a year each in prison be confirmed.
The prosecutor in the appeals trial of three founders and a financier of Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay requested Tuesday that their lower court sentences of a year each in prison be confirmed.
Prosecutor Haakan Roswall called the district court ruling in April 2009, considered an important symbolic victory for the movie and recording industry, "extremely solid."
He insisted there was no reason to cut short the year-long prison sentences, pointing out that site founders Fredrik Neij, 32, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 25 and Peter Sunde, 32, had continued working with The Pirate Bay even after last year's ruling.
The three men were "defying the law," the prosecutor said in his address to the Stockholm appeals court, which was broadcast live on Swedish public radio.
Carl Lundstroem, 50, who is considered an important financier of the site and who was also sentenced to a year in prison last year had also been "very involved," Roswall charged, insisting "he participated in planning and developing the website and worked as an advisor."
In addition to their prison terms, the four men were sentenced last year to pay 30 million kronor (2.7 million euros, 3.6 million dollars at the time) in compensation to the movie and recording industry.
The four, who now all live abroad, had vowed to wage a lengthy legal battle and to take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary.
During last year's trial, the defendants maintained that filesharing services can be used both legally and illegally.
Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay, which claims to have more than 23 million users, makes it possible to skirt copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files using bit torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site.
The appeals trial is set to wrap up Friday, with the verdict expected a few weeks later.
(c) 2010 AFP
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