• Sweden edition
 
Pirate Bay closed after court decision

Pirate Bay closed after court decision

Published: 25 Aug 2009 11:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Aug 2009 11:03 GMT+02:00

The Stockholm District Court ordered Black Internet to stop supplying the notorious file sharing site with capacity in a ruling issued shortly after lunch on Monday.

Faced with a fine of 500,000 kronor ($70,700) Black Internet took the decision to cut off the Pirate Bay and the site has been closed since, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

"We received the decision about the fine shortly after lunch and turned off capacity just before 3pm. There are laws and regulations in society and one should follow them. What we think about this and how we shall act in the future remains undecided," Black Internet's CEO Victor Möller told DN.se.

The court ordered that server capacity to The Pirate Bay should be closed pending the conclusion of the court case directed against the founders of the website by the US film and music industry, the newspaper writes.

According to Victor Möller The Pirate Bay is unlikely to remain out of service, but as they were its biggest supplier new capacity could take a while to find.

The Pirate Bay is the subject of a 60 million kronor takeover bid by Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) that is due to be completed on August 27th.

The Local reported on Monday that GGF and CEO Hans Pandeya are the subject of a criminal investigation amid allegations of insider trading.

Pandeya is also the subject of a claim filed with the Swedish enforcement service (Kronofogden) for alleged unpaid debts to former board member Johan Sellström and the Swedish tax agency.

Stockholm District Court convicted Pirate Bay backers Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström in April on charges of of being accessories to copyright infringement.

The four were each sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.56 million) in damages.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:09 August 25, 2009 by Nika-NM
For crying out loud! I've never used ThePirateBay but I have GBs of music that I haven't even paid a cent for. and I think there's no scarcity of sources on the net, just you guys who have been let down by this try Soulseek, that's even a bigger culprit than PB. Give it a go. Surely, you need to GOOGLE it to get your hands on it :P hahaha
12:20 August 25, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
This is being discussed in TheLocal Discussion Forums

[url=http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showtopic=24759&hl=]www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showtopic=24759&hl=[/url]
12:39 August 25, 2009 by Britswedeguy
And it was back a few hours later ^_^
13:26 August 25, 2009 by eZee.se
As has been said before, TPB is like a car, its ISP is like the highway and Black Internet (the ones who were giving them bandwidth and how shut them down due to the court order) is like the company that supplies the tar and machinery to make the road on the highway.

The the people who are driving the car on the highway have broken the law (downloading copyrighted content) but instead of going after them big content has bribed its way via politicians and judges to go after the car, the highway and the company who make the highway... what f#€king sense does that make?

Imagine you are speeding and the roadworks get fined, or the car maker...!

They are so openly corrupt and gaming the system that it makes me sick.

PP's getting my vote this coming election - again.
16:39 August 25, 2009 by bob3000
@eZee

Very poor analogy and as you know;

"...have broken the law (downloading copyrighted content)..." - this is not illegal, uploading and sharing breaks the law.

You have been around long enough to know this, come on.
17:23 August 25, 2009 by eZee.se
@Bob,

Analogy i picked up from TPBs blog... i kind of thought it breaks it down into pretty simple terms for people who are not geeks ( full disclosure, i consider myself a geek).

About the downloading thing: oopsy,you're right of course, need to sleep, sorry about that. :)

I bet a few of the MAFIAA scumbags were happy to read downloading is illegal too!
18:50 August 25, 2009 by bob3000
@eZee

There is no doubt that the RIAA, etc have been happy to let the confusion linger when it comes to whether or not dl'ing is illegal.

It is often reported that 'so-and-so' is being prosecuted for downloading, when it should be sharing/uploading/hosting - but I think it's a combo of sloppy journalism and lack of clarification.

The whole upl & dl confusion/misuse is just like the cracker/hacker confusion - too frequent and not helpful.

It's still a poor analogy, regardless of where it's from or who originated it. Sleep well.
21:53 August 25, 2009 by eZee.se
Ok, had my sleep... i got a bit confused for a while (lack of sleep helped) and now that i am back, i looked it up... i was write the first time, downloading was a grey area till 2005, when the new copyright changes kicked in: Downloading (copyrighted) music etc even for personal use is illegal.

On a personal note, I would like to add that even though it is illegal, there's not a sh!t they can do to find you if you use a good VPN (like IPREDator). A quick note for people who are confused about a VPN, basically the anti piracy scum log your IP address when you are downloading a file and then contact your ISP to get your details and then in the final case... sue you. By using a VPN your own IP address is never shown as downloading a file but the IP address of the VPN service provider. So for example if you are downloading (insert name here) with the ip address (for example) 192.20.2.3 but since you are connected to your VPN service their ip 204.1.4.6 will be shown to the anti piracy morons.

A good VPN provider will not keep logs, so when the anti piracy morons go to them, they say they didnt download squat check our machines.. and we dont know who did as we dont have logs. Simple.
08:43 August 26, 2009 by bob3000
@eZee

That is interesting - could you cite the ruling on the downloading/illegal, with country and ref to the case.

It seems to go against the information that I have about the consumer's right to media shift.

- I'd be interested to get a handle on that.
13:41 August 26, 2009 by eZee.se
Hey Bob,

"could you cite the ruling on the downloading/illegal, with country and ref to the case"

Actually, I can't.

I just referenced some of my old emails between me and Rick Falkvinge (head of Pirate Party Sweden) in which he told me what I replied to you in my last comment, and i totally trust him because as head of PP, he has to keep up to date with the legal issues. He's also a very easy dude to talk to with loads of information.

You can talk to him and other people well versed in actual Swedish law on the PP forums (just go to piratpartiet DOT se). You can also contact Rick via email at

rick DOT falkvinge AT piratpartiet DOT se

needless to say you need to modify the above and no spaces.

(full disclosure, I am a member of the PP)

Any other questions contact me via www DOT eZee DOT se as i wont be following this thread.

Cheers mate!
12:58 August 27, 2009 by bob3000
@eZee.

will do.
Today's headlines
Motorists in sticky drama after jam spill

Motorists in sticky drama after jam spill

Drivers in western Sweden were forced to jam on the brakes after a van shed its load of preserves and juices which led to major traffic problems. READ  

Property of the Week
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

Why settle for owning a house when you can own part of the island it is located on? This week's property allows you to get your money's worth of solitude while spending some time with your closest neighbour - the sea. READ  

Saab buys Swedish submarine shipyard
File photo: TT

Saab buys Swedish submarine shipyard

Swedish defence and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp's submarine shipyard in southern Sweden. READ  

Opinion
'The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie'
File photo: Shutterstock

'The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie'

There is a popular narrative that in Sweden people bite their tongues while in Denmark they speak their minds; political commentator Brian Esbensen debunks this, arguing that Danes simply find it easier to criticize others. READ  

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'

After reports that wandering elks were scaring the public, police on the island of Frösön have decided not to open fire on the animals, but have urged locals to exercise caution instead. READ  

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation
Sweden's Minister of International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. File photo: TT

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation

Sweden has earmarked 48 million kronor ($7 million) of its development aid budget to a United Nations programme to tackle female genital mutilation. READ  

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis
Photo: TT

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt believes Israel is interested in negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas while Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has stood by his comment about the Israelis having a right to defend itself. READ  

New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
File photo: Systembolaget

New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries

Swedish micro-breweries have reacted with concern to new distribution regulations being imposed by the state controlled alcohol monopoly Systembolaget, which they fear may put them out of business. READ  

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up
Volvo hybrid bus. Photo: Volvo Buses

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up

Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden have announced a joint project to develop a system for electric buses to recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops. READ  

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden
Photo: TT

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Blog updates

22 July

PROTECTING GIRLS FROM ABUSE OF THEIR RIGHTS (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Today (22 July) my Prime Minister, David Cameron, and UNICEF, are hosting the world’s first #GirlSummit in London. The Summit’s aim is to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end the appalling practices of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM). This is a high priority for the UK government and the Prime..." READ »

 

18 July

Starting over (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

" I’ve now been off the water for almost 14 days. At first I was totally gutted being forced into a rest period, I had Stockholm in my sights and apart from the pain and discomfort in my shoulder, spirits were high and I was starting to gain some momentum. The news hit me fairly hard and..." READ »

 
 
 
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
National
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
National
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
National
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
National
Northern Sweden warmest in 90 years
Gallery
'Victoria Day': Crown Princess Victoria turns 37
Politics
Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden
National
EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours
Society
Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film
Lifestyle
Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö
Gallery
Swedish summer tourism highlights
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

699
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se