paidContent.org - Pirate Bay Founders Found Guilty: One Year Jail Sentence, Likely To Appeal
Friday, April 17, 2009; 4:07 PM
A Swedish court has found the four men behind the infamous Swedish BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay guilty of assisting copyright infringement. Each has been sentenced to one year in jail. Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and millionaire donor Carl Lundström must pay SEK 30 million ($3.59 million) in damages.
Torrentfreak.com confirms that a Stockholm district court, the scene of a three-week trial in March, today ruled the four were responsible for "promoting other people's infringements of copyright laws". It's not the end of the road, however - before the verdict the Bay said: "This will not be the final decision, only the first before the losing party will appeal. It will have no real effect on anything besides setting the tone for the debate."
Kolmisoppi actually Twittered the judgment early this morning, assuring supporters to stay calm: "Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file-sharing whatsoever," he said, noting that, in the age of international networking, even legal rulings can be read before the official release.
Update: In a press conference, Sunde said: "We can't pay and we wouldn't pay? even if I had money I would rather burn everything I owned and not even give them the final dust from the burning." Full story and press conference videos at our sister site paidContent:UK?