posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Apr 2009 11:15 UTC, submitted by csynt
IconOld World 1, New World 0. The four defendants in the landmark The Pirate Bay case, taking place in Sweden, have all been found guilty, and sentenced to one year in jail. They also received a hefty fine of USD 3.58 million to 17 American media companies, among which are Warner Bros. Entertainment, MGM Pictures, Columbia Pictures Industries, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI, Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, and Activision. The defendants have already stated they will appeal the decision.

The four defendants have been fould guilty of being accessories to breaching copyright law. For all the goody two shoes on OSNews, The Pirate Bay is a website that in and of itself doesn't host any copyrighted content, as it only hosts .torrent files. The craziest little detail that will most likely be overlooked by most news outlets? They have only been found guilty of having made just 33 copyrighted files available for illegal filesharing. And for that, you get one year in jail, and a 2.75 million EUR fine. Perspective, anyone? I could kill someone in this country and be out on the streets sooner.

The media companies are obviously full of glee. "Today's verdict is the right outcome on all three counts. The court has also handed down a strong deterrent sentence that reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed," said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's boss John Kennedy, "This is good news for everyone, in Sweden and internationally, who is making a living or a business from creative activity and who needs to know their rights will be protected by law."

The Pirate Bay founders, Peter Sunde, Carl Lundström, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, have already stated they will appeal the decision.

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