Sweden Accuses 4 of Copyright Offenses

Prosecutors in Sweden on Thursday charged four men who are associated with a popular file-sharing Web site called Pirate Bay with facilitating copyright infringement.Pirate Bay operates a large “BitTorrent tracker,” a directory of movies, music and other media files available on the Internet. The site does not store the files on its computers, but the authorities say that it helps others violate copyright laws by linking providers of pirated songs and films with people searching for the material.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/technology/01pirate.htmlPirate Bay defiant despite criminal charges
As Swedish prosecutors fixed their sights last week on The Pirate Bay, an Internet file-sharing service that is a scourge of the movie and music industries, the operators of the site responded by hoisting a defiant, digital Jolly Roger.The Pirate Bay, on its blog, called for a “celebration,” adding that it had hit some “magic numbers.” The site, which lets people search for songs, films and video games, some of them legal but many of them pirated, said it now had links to more than a million such files.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/02/03/technology/PIRATES04.phpSwedish Prosecutors Aim to Blockade Pirate Bay
Swedish prosecutors are charging owners of The Pirate Bay, a peer-to-peer Web site, with “promoting other people’s infringements of copyright laws.” Hans Fredrik Neij, Per Svartholm Warg, Peter Kolmisoppi and Carl Lundstroem operate what is reportedly the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker, connecting users to music, movies and other content on each others’ PCs.The lawsuit seeks damages in the amount of 1.2 million Kronor, or US$188,383 — a sum that has been calculated as the site’s profits from the illegal trading. The owners have countered that they do not profit from the site, as revenues are reinvested to offset operational costs.

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