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Police launch new probe into the Pirate Bay

The Local · 14 Mar 2012, 10:25

Published: 14 Mar 2012 10:25 GMT+01:00

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“Both police and prosecutors have contacted us,” said Erik Arnberg from the Swedish company Binero that registered the site to daily Expressen.

Lundström, along with Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij were convicted in April 2009 on charges of being accessories to copyright violations. they were sentenced to a year's imprisonment apiece and a combined fine of 30 million kronor ($4.4 million).

All four appealed their sentences, with the Svea Court of Appeal ruling in November to uphold the convictions, with the exception of Svartholm Warg who was absent due to illness.

The three remaining pirates then petitioned Sweden's Supreme Court for leave to appeal.

But in February 2012, the court announced that the defendants' request had been denied and that the appeal's court sentence therefore will stand.

However, the site thepiratebay.org has been impossible to access for some time, with visitors redirected to a new address; thepiratebay.se. The domain was registered with Swedish company Binero by Fredrik Neij.

According to Expressen, police and prosecutors got in touch with the company in February wanting the details of the person who registered the site, and were given the publicly available information surrounding the registration.

“Someone has bought and registered the domain with us, but the customer hasn’t placed any content with us or used our name server,” Arnberg told the paper, unwilling to disclose any more information to anyone.

To Binero the integrity and confidentiality of customers is very important, said Arnberg to the paper.

According to Expressen, the preliminary investigation against The Pirate Bay is headed by prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad, who has significant experience in copyright law and file-sharing offences.

“There are currently investigations into bit torrent sites, but I can’t disclose against which ones,” Ingblad told the paper.

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Your comments about this article

11:22 March 14, 2012 by philster61
Guess they don't have any real crimes to solve.......
12:59 March 14, 2012 by Abe L
#1, Totally agree. You read on this site daily about robberies with guns fired, murder, rape and assault and the police does nothing but serve the interests of American corporates. File-sharing is not a crime, even though lobbyists got it into Swedish law. A true shame that tax-payer money is spend on pursuing these non-crimes while the paying and innocent tax-payer can't go out to a jewelry store without having bullets fly around their heads. Those are the crimes that the policy should be addressing, not torrent related matters and definitely not domain registration matters.
14:07 March 14, 2012 by philster61
Only Sweden could turn otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals with their ridiculous view towards what constitutes a crime.......Also I have never encountered a more trivial force than the Swedish police......
16:30 March 14, 2012 by mule.ear
I'm a U.S. citizen and I have always admired the Piratebay. I admired the Swedish people in general for protecting the Piratebay, and basically telling the rest of the world to "go to hell". It is truly a shame to see the Swedes submit to the American companies like Microsoft and the MPAA and RIAA. We're idiots here. What's your excuse?
17:21 March 14, 2012 by Lukestar1991
What a complete WASTE of TIME and MONEY. Go and solve some real crimes for once. F**k the US dictatorship for once and show some backbone.

Just say NO to their INFRINGEMENT of everybody else's personal FREEDOM.
19:19 March 14, 2012 by philster61
Mule ear. Sweden has no excuse. Limp wristed lame sheep would be fair description
15:42 March 16, 2012 by Ranger
Swedish people are too lazy to make their own products and would rather steal it from other people
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