Swedish court rules Pirate Bay admins too broke to pay damages
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 26/08/2009 04:15
The Pirate Bay saga, long a comic tale involving "spectrials," repainted city buses, police raids, and political parties, seems at last to have descended fully into farce. The media companies that brought suit against The Pirate Bay have found themselves up against a slippery opponent, one perfectly willing to argue that taking down the site amounts to an abuse of "human rights," but it's tough to imagine that they thought the battle would be quite this difficult.
Case in point: the Stockholm District Court, which oversaw The Pirate Bay trial earlier this year, has acted on Big Content's motion to shut down the site by today ordering Black Internet, one of The Pirate Bay's ISPs, to stop serving the site. It did so, but after a matter of hours, the site appears to be back. Swedish Pirate Party leader Richard Falkvinge called the court's decision "a fucking outrage."
Pirate Bay founders win debt collection decision
Media companies will struggle to grab any money owed by The Pirate Bay, as Sweden's official debt collector found that three of the four founders have "no attachable assets" in that country.
In April, a group of 13 media companies, including Warner Music Group and EMI, asked the Swedish government agency, commonly known there as the "bailiff," to collect more than 30 million Swedish Kronor, or about $4 million on their behalf.
Pirate Bay down after ISP cuts its connection [IDG]
File-sharing site The Pirate Bay went down today after its Internet service provider, Black Internet, cut its connection to avoid being fined by the Stockholm district court.
A 500,000 Swedish kronor (US$70,000) fine would be the result if Black Internet did not comply with the decision in the district court.
Pirate Bay sale hits rough waters
There is uncertainty surrounding the purchase of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) by Swedish-based Global Gaming Factory (GGF).
Trading in GGF shares has been suspended and there are reports that the firm's chairman - Magnus Bergman - has resigned.
GGF paid 60m kronor (£4.7m) to take over TPB in June this year.