In Sweden four operators of one of the world's biggest BitTorrent trackers have been sentenced to imprisonment and a fine amounting to millions.
Does The Pirate Bay run aground?
The BitTorrent tracker "The Pirate Bay” is a search engine located in Sweden. The website also contains copyrighted material and therefore the operators have been targeted by many film studios and public authorities.
The four operators Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström have now been convicted of aiding and abetting of copyright infringement. The court regards the fact as proven that the Pirate Bay only pursues economic interests. Thus the real charge of copyright infringement has only been complied indirectly.
The Pirate Bay operators were sentenced to one year of prison as well as fines amounting to 3.5 million dollar. According to the Swedish newspaper The Local the four Pirate Bay defendants will appeal a decision.