The Pirate Bay Goes To Court
In May, 2006, Swedish police raided the offices of The Pirate Bay and seized the BitTorrent tracker’s servers. The site was down for a couple of days, but the bigger news was the arrest of some of people behind The Pirate Bay.The Pirate Bay is not only the largest BitTorrent tracker in the world, it’s also the most notorious. There has been no effort to comply with copyright laws, with The Pirate Bay believing the sharing of files is legal and legitimate, despite the claims of the copyright holdersThe Pirate Bay is about to go on trial over file sharing and supposed copyright infringement.If they lose the case, the four people in the dock face damages of 1.2 million SEK (€112,000) to be paid to the Swedish Government, and a further 116 million SEK (€10.8 million) in damages to the movie industry members involved in the lawsuit. Prison sentences could also be handed out but it seems unlikely because, as always, the media old guard are more interested in money than anything else.
Aside from the obvious ramifications for The Pirate Bay and its founders should the case be lost, which, in my opinion, is almost guaranteed, there is possibility that the result of this case could be felt elsewhere.
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