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Pirate Bay convicts to be split up in jail: agency

The Local · 19 Mar 2012, 17:07

Published: 19 Mar 2012 17:07 GMT+01:00

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”We have three security levels and we have chosen to place them all in facilities with normal security,” said Helena Lundberg of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) to news agency TT.

The four were convicted in April 2009 on charges of being accessories to copyright violations and were sentenced to imprisonment and a combined fine of 30 million kronor ($4.4 million).

According to the agency, Peter Sunde, who was the spokesperson for Pirate Bay, will go to the Västervik Norra prison in south eastern Sweden for his stint of eight months.

Fredrik Neij will go to Kirseberg in Malmö for ten months and Gottfrid Swartholm Warg to Mariefred prison, in eastern Sweden, for a year.

Carl Lundström, who was sentenced to the shortest term, will serve his four months with an electronic tag. Although he normally resides in Switzerland he will serve out his sentence in Gothenburg.

In Sweden, anyone who has been sentenced to prison for a term shorter than six months can apply to serve his sentence with an electronic tag and Lundström’s application was granted.

Lundström has organized a fixed term employment contract at a Gothenburg company while carrying out his sentence, but won’t be allowed to leave his flat for any other purpose than work, where he must be during the day.

”Our demand is that he has employment organized, it is a regulated schedule and it is very strict,” said Sven Simonsson of the agency,

The Swedish Enforcement Administration (Kronofogden) has seized assets belonging to Lundström worth 225,000 kronor but has not been able to find any other means in Sweden which belong to him. And previous investigations have not been able to identify any assets belonging to the other three.

Meanwhile, Sunde’s lawyer Peter Althin is busy working on an application to be granted a retrial, which could be finished before the summer. However, Althin is not willing to disclose what’s in the application.

“I don’t want to go into that right now, but it should be filed during the spring. Our aim is that he will not have to serve the sentence,” Althin told TT.

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18:31 March 19, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
If they cannot pay the fines, will they be given a mortgage stype payment option, or face a new jail term for failing to comply with the payment order?

Maybe all the Pirate Bay supporters, can, for the first time in their lives, pay for something, namely pay the fines that their heroes have been charged with.
20:04 March 19, 2012 by Abe L
#1, I'm sure they'll get the death penalty for that. Not paying a bill, tax or outstanding fine is just about the worst crime you can commit in Sweden. You're essentially selling your soul to the devil by doing so.
20:21 March 19, 2012 by Grokh
horrible criminals in sweden who do horrible crimes get 4 years in prison for 20 years of raping children. honor killing etc etc.

and in swedish jails prisioners get hookers drugs and internet access...

but for the worst crime in the world of online piracy then sweden brings out its big guns... -_-x

they should have done some negociating and get arrested for raping people = less years in jail than someone who downloaded an album -_-x pathetic swedish justice system who protects criminals more than victims.
21:27 March 19, 2012 by J Jack
It will be a great experience for them and when they all get out for the spring, they will be entitled to sickness benefits for PTSD, long term free prescription medications which they can pulverize and put in their noses, and of course 'Rikskuponger' (food stamps) which they can use to buy booze at the state controlled liquor store.
10:17 March 20, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
@J Jack

Your an idiot.

And dare I say it? Most likely an American idiot.

The worst kind...
11:00 March 20, 2012 by Mxzf
_Reason Abd Realism_, most studies show that noone is spending less money on art, movies and music because they download stuff from the internet. Most studies show that the people actively downloading art are also the people paying the most for it. Did the copyright mafia hire you to write that or something?

I agree on the idea in general though.
11:42 March 20, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ Mxzf

Music-on-demand is not like insulin for a diabetic, it is a convenience to have music (or movie files) to play anytime, but people do not NEED these to live, so they have no right to steal it.

I am not convinced that the most active thieves are the most active at making payments for online digitial content, but even if this claim is true, it does not automatically mean that the these people would stop buying digital copyrighted material if they were no longer able to steal it.

The industry is free to give one free song for every song you buy, or something like that, if this is the magic formula that will maximize revenue, but as the owners of the music, movies, books or whatever copyrighted material we are talking about, it is up to them to make that decision after they review consumer practices are marketing information.

I use spotify or listen to my CD's, rather than steal music. I am not part of the copyright mafia.
12:21 March 20, 2012 by Twiceshy
Well it sure is good this conviction has shut down Pirate Bay... errr.. well... has put a stop of file sharing... errr uh... well.. has stopped the spread of other sites like it... oh never mind!
14:27 March 20, 2012 by Mxzf
"I am not convinced that the most active thieves are the most active at making payments for online digitial content"

This has not been claimed. I did not say they spent their money in that way.

But rather than buying a CD, they spend money on going to a concert. And rather than buying DVDs, they might go to the movies more often. The conclusion was that the more active you were in your consumation of art, music, movies, games and literature, the more active you were both in paying for it - in all forms - and downloading it - paid or not. Stopping the online pirate activity will stop people from consuming al kinds, and spend less on art in general (maybe more café latte and ale instead?). The money that goes to the _artists_ increases with the amount of copyrighted music downloaded, it seems. (RIAA get less, artists get more.)

I'm not saying that it would make it right to break the law, but that the position that piracy = bad and copyright = good does not necessarily equal true.
22:12 March 20, 2012 by DavidtheNorseman
Such dangerous and horrible threats to society must of course be separated lest they co-operate inside prison to ... provide file sharing!!! O the horror.................
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