Pirate Bay served with Dutch lawsuit via Twitter and Facebook

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Pirate Bay served with Dutch lawsuit via Twitter and Facebook

An entertainment industry association from the Netherlands has used Twitter and Facebook to deliver a court summons to the three men behind The Pirate Bay file sharing site.


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.

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


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