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Pirate Bay served with Dutch lawsuit via Twitter and Facebook

TT/The Local · 24 Jun 2009, 10:51

Published: 24 Jun 2009 10:51 GMT+02:00

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Following the suit filed by BREIN (Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland), Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg are to appear before a court in Amsterdam on July 21st.

BREIN is demanding that The Pirate Bay be shut down in the Netherlands.

As the organization was unable to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of the three men, it relied on the Twitter and Facebook social networking websites to deliver the court summons.

“The internet works both for those who respect copyrights and those who violate them. Now they know that the hearing will take place on July 21st in Amsterdam,” said BREIN CEO Tim Kuik.

The Pirate Bay has previously been the object of legal proceedings in several other countries, including Italy and Norway.

“The Swedish pirate movement is making trouble for the rest of the world and foreign copyright holders are suffering,” said Henrik Pontén, a lawyer for Sweden’s Anti-Piracy Agency (Antipiratbyrån).

Neij currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand, but claims not to have seen any summons to a courtroom hearing in the Netherlands.

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“I have Twitter and Facebook accounts, but I haven’t seen anything about it,” he told the TT news agency.

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Your comments about this article

11:54 June 24, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I thought that court summonses had to be "served." That is, delivered directly into the hand of the person summoned. Anyway, this seems kind of..well, silly, and I wonder how they can expect to be taken seriously.
12:58 June 24, 2009 by sweco1
The entertainment MAFIA can go to you know where!

More Power to Pirate's Bay!
13:39 June 24, 2009 by Bumblebeetuna
Haha. It's like kids tat for tat!
14:25 June 24, 2009 by RoyceD
So an industry that is trying to limit the usage of the internet as a means of communication has used the very thing they are working against to issue a summons.... got irony?
19:09 June 24, 2009 by watty
Don't worry. BREIN browls a lot and think it is a big dog but has no teeth. They are just a bunch of losers payed by the movie industry and the music business to bully everything P2P.

There is no Dutch law forbidding music and movie downloads, in contrary, for your own use you are allowed by law to download whatever. Not to share it again.

Funny fact is that BREIN's website is taken out today by a massive DDOS attack.
05:36 June 27, 2009 by bloozshooz
All you punks who like to steal other people's creative work, go write your own sodding songs.
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