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Court rejects lawyers' call to gag Pirates

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Court rejects lawyers' call to gag Pirates
14:59 CEST+02:00
Lawyers representing record companies have demanded that a Swedish court impose fines on three of the backers of The Pirate Bay if they do not close the site. The court has now rejected the lawyers' demands to act without first giving the three a chance to respond.

The Stockholm District Court received an application last week from the Danowsky Partners law firm on behalf of the Swedish affiliates of the Universal, EMI, Sony and Warner record companies urging the court to start fining Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde if The Pirate Bay site isn't taken offline.

Also named in the motion was Black Internet AB, the website hosting company cited in the document as providing The Pirate Bay's internet services.

Furthermore the court was asked to bar Neij, Svartholm Warg, and Sunde from speaking out on the matter until the case has had a final verdict in the Swedish court system.

The court has now rejected the demands from the record companies and has given The Pirate Bay backers several weeks to respond.

The record companies in turn have been given a week to appeal the district court's decision to the Svea Court of Appeal.

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