Pirate Bay to start pay site with a twist

The Pirate Bay is to start a new music site in which users will pay whatever they can afford to download tracks.

The Swedish-based file sharing organization has long attracted the ire of the international film and music industries for providing a forum for people to share copyrighted material online.

In The Pirate Bay’s new venture,, users will be able download songs after paying a monthly subscription fee. The fee will not be set by the site’s administrators; rather, each individual user will decide what to pay.

According to co-founder Peter Sunde, the artist will receive a portion of the user’s fee every time his song is downloaded.

The site is being set up together with Swedish glam-rock band Lamont, which has long opposed the current structure of the record industry.

“After lengthy discussions about the future of the record industry and its implications for the many talented artists and songwriters around the world, we discovered that we held the same vision,” the group said in a statement on its website.

Sunde told the Los Angeles Times that record executives have not taken kindly to the idea. He claimed that one record boss accused The Pirate Bay of “perpetrating a disturbingly Viking-like act” on the executive’s livelihood.


Police raid shutters Swedish file sharing site

Swepiracy, one of Sweden's largest file sharing sites, has been closed down following a coordinated raid by authorities in Sweden and the Netherlands.

Police raid shutters Swedish file sharing site

Last week, police in Norrköping in eastern Sweden raided the home of a 20-year-old man suspected of running Swepiracy, a BitTorrent tracker site founded in 2006.

At the same time, police in the Netherlands confiscated Swepiracy servers located there.

“Swepiracy has tried to shield its operations by placing servers in the Netherlands but Swedish and Dutch police have, through coordinated raids, been able to secure evidence of [copyright] infringement,” Sweden’s Anti-Piracy Bureau (Antipiratbyrån) said in a statement.

According to the group, Swepiracy was one of the most important outlets for the distribution of pirated copies of Swedish movies and had been warned to cease activities which violated copyright laws.

Instead, the man behind Swepiracy attempted to protect the operations by shifting servers to the Netherlands, prompting the police raid.

Prosecutor Henrik Rasmusson told the local Folkbladet newspaper that the 20-year-old is believed to have operated Swepiracy, which reportedly has nearly 30,000 members, for at least two years.

Rasmusson added that the man is believed to have earned “large sums” of money through fees charged to Swepiracy members to give them access to pirated films.

“Maybe as much as one million [kronor] ($150,000),” he said.

The 20-year-old was arrested and his computers confiscated, but he was later released after being questioned but remains under criminal suspicion of having violated copyright laws.

“He admits that he ran the operations, but he doesn’t believe doing so was a criminal act,” Rasmusson told the paper.

The Anti-Piracy Bureau also warned that it planned to take action against similar “illegal” services offered on sites like Theinternationals, SceneAccess and Sparvar.