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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

Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay remained closed on Tuesday morning after a Stockholm court decision forced a supplier to cut off server capacity.

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)

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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
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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.
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