Police launch new probe into the Pirate Bay

Police launch new probe into the Pirate Bay
After Swedish file-sharing haven the Pirate Bay in February received the blow that the Supreme Court wouldn’t grant them the right to appeal, their newly registered Swedish domain has prompted a new police investigation.

“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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