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REINFELDT

Swedish PM’s son to flip burgers at McDonald’s

Gustaf Reinfeldt, the 18-year-old son of the Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has secured a job at US hamburger chain McDonald's, using his Twitter feed to invite friends in for a grilled patty, according to news website Nyheter24.se.

Swedish PM's son to flip burgers at McDonald's

“A little work will be fun! Feels really good,” Gustaf, the eldest son to the PM and his wife Filippa Reinfeldt, said on his Twitter feed.

The junior Reinfeldt continued to confirm that he is to ply his trade at the Kungsgatan branch of the global fast-food chain, offering Stockholmers the chance to be served by a member of one of the most well-known families in Swedish society.

“Drop by and have a hamburger,” he urged one of his Twitter followers.

Tuesday’s announcement of his impending McDonald’s employment is not the first time that Gustaf Reinfeldt’s online activities have thrust him into the public eye.

In February 2009, he joined a Facebook group “Free The Pirate Bay”, taking a highly publicised stand in favour of the controversial founders of the popular file sharing site ahead of their trial for copyright violations.

He is also a member of the Moderate Party’s youth league Muf, an organisation which supports the de-criminalisation of file-sharing for private use.

Despite the press attention and possible PR value of having recruiting the PM’s son, McDonald’s Sweden has played down the significance of the appointment.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are called. He is a team member and we don’t comment on these things,” said Frida Berg at McDonald’s Sweden to Nyheter24.

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PIRATE BAY

Sweden now owns Pirate Bay domain names

The Swedish state became the unlikely new owner of two domain names used by The Pirate Bay after a court ruling on Tuesday.

Sweden now owns Pirate Bay domain names
The Swedish state now owns two Pirate Bay domain names. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

In its ruling the Stockholm district court awarded Sweden the domain names piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se

The case marked the first time a Swedish prosecutor had asked for a web address to be wiped off the face of the internet, Dagens Nyheter reports

“A domain name assists a website. If the site is used for criminal purposes the domain name is a criminal instrument,” prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad told the Swedish daily earlier this year. 

Sweden’s Internet Infrastructure Foundation, which controls the Swedish top level domain .se, opposed the prosecutor’s move to prohibit any future use of the two Pirate Bay addresses.

The court agreed that the foundation had not done anything wrong and conceded that it could not force the group to block certain domain names, Dagens Nyheter reports. But by awarding the addresses to the Swedish state the court effectively ensured that they will not be sold on to another owner. 

The file-sharing service was temporarily knocked off line in December after police seized servers hosted at a data centre in a nuclear-proof bunker deep in a mountain outside Stockholm.

But seven weeks later the resilient file-sharing behemoth was back on its feet and Tuesday’s ruling is unlikely to knock it off balance for long, as the court cannot prevent The Pirate Bay from continuing to run sites on other domains.

The Pirate Bay, which grew into an international phenomenon after it was founded in Sweden in 2003, allows users to dodge copyright fees and share music, film and other files using bit torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site – resulting in huge losses for music and movie makers.

In 2009 four Swedes connected with The Pirate Bay were found guilty of being accessories to copyright infringement by a Swedish court. 

They were each give one-year jail terms and ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) in compensation.