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Music industry demands fines for Pirate Bay duo

David Landes · 11 Jan 2010, 16:45

Published: 11 Jan 2010 16:45 GMT+01:00

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Four major record companies, Universal, EMI, Sony and Warner Music, have renewed their calls for the two men to each pay 500,000 kronor ($71,000) in fines for not taking steps to prevent Pirate Bay (TPB) users from downloading copyrighted music using the site.

Following the October ruling by the Stockholm District Court, which paved the way for Neij and Svartholm Warg to be fined, The Pirate Bay decided to shut down the tracker that allows users to share digital files.

The site’s operators argued that the technological development of decentralized peer to peer networks had rendered the site’s tracker unnecessary, as file sharers could establish connections without the BitTorrent technology featured on The Pirate Bay.

“Now that the decentralized system for finding peers is so well developed, TPB has decided that there is no need to run a tracker anymore,” read the Pirate Bay’s blog in November.

But the record companies allege that the move didn’t change anything and urged the court to move ahead with fining Neij and Svartholm Warg.

“The changes in the tracker function haven’t changed the file sharing services function,” the record companies argue in a recent petition filed with court.

Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg have seen to it that users can use the new tracker by making sure that TPB’s website automatically provides links to the trackers to all the torrent files which are on or are uploaded to TPB.”

The record companies also argue that both Neij and Svartholm Warg are still involved in the operation of The Pirate Bay, despite claims by both that they are no longer involved and that the site is now operated by a company known as Reservella.

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If the court agrees with the record companies’ arguments, the pair could then be forced to pay the fine.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

00:19 January 12, 2010 by CanadianInSweden
at this point isnt it like trying to get blood from a rock??
06:10 January 12, 2010 by Rick Methven
I suppose the poor starving record companies want the fines passed to them!
10:11 January 12, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
I've read the second paragraph half a dozen times and it doesn't make sense.

The site has disabled the tracker system, but the music companies say this has prevented users from downloading material. So shouldn't the paragraph read "...have renewed their calls for the two men to each pay 500,000 kronor ($71,000) in fines for NOT disabling The Pirate Bay (TPB) from allowing users to download copyrighted music using the site."

You have missed out a rather important word. NOT!!

In addition, the article is another poor translation.

"... recording industry's crosshairs". "Firing line" is a better expression.

"... come in contact with ...". Usual incorrect translation of "komma i kontakt med"
11:12 January 12, 2010 by krigeren
I try never to buy mainstream music anymore. Anyone in the business of loading trucks with plastic CD"s and shipping it all around the world has an antiquated business model.

Record companies are the equivalent of typewrite companies in the 1980's.

They are going down the skit tubes of history kicking and screaming and they have no one but themselves to blame.
11:58 January 12, 2010 by Britswedeguy
If the fat bloated entertainment industry stopped producing crap like X-Factor then perhaps they wouldn't have waste everyone's time with farces like this.
12:35 January 12, 2010 by Twiceshy
Dear music industry,

Each time you do this, I will purchase one less piece of music from you.

Please screw yourself.

Best regards,

18:58 January 12, 2010 by eZee.se
Its quite easy to download copyrighted music safely in Sweden... it just costs you the 50kr per month to get a good VPN connection and then use whatever flavor of P2P you want and download to your hearts content... making IPRED and the FRA laws moot.

"The record companies also argue that both Neij and Svartholm Warg are still involved in the operation of The Pirate Bay, despite claims by both that they are no longer involved and that the site is now operated by a company known as Reservella."

Its worth noting that they claim bot Neij and Svartholm are still involved in the sites operations, but the record companies have provided NO PROOF WHATSOEVER.

Now will the dumbasses who want to take them at their word please raise your hands?

Oops,I shouldnt have said that, the whole corrupted govt. of Stockholm as well as the corrupt judges the recording companies bribed have raised their hands...
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