Pirate Bay Verdict Gives Urgency to Italian Case
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 05/05/2009 03:10
[IDG] Italian antipiracy campaigners have welcomed the recent Stockholm court verdict on the founders of The Pirate Bay Web site, saying it should clear the way for a similar case under the Italian justice system.
The Swedish court on April 17 sentenced the four founders of the torrent-tracking Web site -- Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, Fredrick Neij, Carl Lundstrom and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg -- to one year in prison and a US$3.6 million fine for assisting copyright infringement.
Next up for Pirate Bay defendants: Italian trial?
Having just made it through a high-profile trial in their native Sweden, four men closely associated with The Pirate Bay may now have to face justice in Italy.
IDG is reporting that that country is now considering initiating its own prosecution of Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundström for alleged violations of Italy's copyright law. This would be the first criminal prosecution against the four Pirate Bay players outside their home nation.