Maritime office sets sights on Pirate Bay

The Swedish Maritime Administration has filed a police report against file-sharing web site The Pirate Bay, after popular navigation software was made available for download.

The Administration, in a June 16 letter to police, said their navigation program, “The Living Sea Map,” was downloaded from Pirate Bay nearly 2500 times.

Gunvor Edlund, Administration spokeswoman, told The Local that the software is sold by retailers for 900-1100 kronor – meaning the value of the illegally downloaded software was about 2.5 million kronor.

The program, popular for small boats, provides sea maps of Swedish waters that can be used in conjunction with Global Positioning System equipment. The program also provides useful information on harbours.

“It is the Swedish Maritime Administration that owns the rights to these programs,” Edlund said.