Movie studios sue to shut down filesharing site

Filesharing site The Pirate Bay is being sued by 13 Hollywood studios – which are calling it to be closed.The site’s operators, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundström, who was accused of funding it, were found guilty in April after a copyright trial in Sweden.One appeal has been denied, but they are expected to appeal again on other grounds. They were sentenced to a year in prison fined £3m. see:US movie studios ask judge to board, scuttle Pirate Bay
Legal maneuvers against the Swedish torrent tracker site continue to mount, as a cadre of US-based studios have filed for a court order barring The Pirate Bay from operating its torrent-tracking service. The lawsuit comes even while the site’s operators attempt to woo a potential buyer interested in transforming the site into a legitimate downloading service.Several major US studios have filed a lawsuit against The Pirate Bay, seeking a judicial injunction that would shut down the notorious torrent tracker. The move is the latest in the continuing legal saga that surrounds The Pirate Bay. The site’s operators were found guilty in Swedish court earlier this year of assisting copyright infringement, and were sentenced to a year in jail and fined 30 million kronor.The sentence failed to include an injunction forcing the operators to shut the site down. Instead, TPB admins have audaciously stated they will not pay the fines, convinced that “what we do is right.” The group first moved for a retrial, suggesting the judge was biased against copyright holders. Though the retrial was denied, the group still plans to appeal the guilty verdict against them. Meanwhile, the site continues to be a thorn in Big Content’s side, with the appeals process expected to last at least a couple years. Bay faces new legal threat
The world’s most high-profile file-sharing website the Pirate Bay faces a new volley of legal action.Thirteen Hollywood production companies have filed a new lawsuit to try to get the website shut down.In April the site’s founders were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages.

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