January 28, 2008

Sweden Caves To MPAA/IFPI Pressure [9:28 am]

Sweden to charge Pirate Bay in copyright casepdf

Sweden plans this week to charge the people running Pirate Bay, one of the world’s most visited Web sites, with being accessories in breaking copyright law.

[...] Public prosecutor Hakan Roswall said last week he will charge the Swedish site’s organizers with accessory and conspiracy to break copyright law, which could lead to fines or up to two years in prison.

The charges will be filed in a district court on January 31.

[...] No copyright material is stored on Pirate Bay’s servers and no swapping of files actually takes place there. Rather, Pirate Bay locates file sharers on the Internet and acts as a directory of so-called torrent files.

Later: Sweden charges Pirate Bay with copyright offences [pdf] (31 Jan 2008) — also Sweden Accuses 4 of Copyright Offenses

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