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Music industry seeks big fines on Pirate Bay as long as Website stays up

21 мая 2009

Four music industry giants want heavy fines imposed on the three founders of The Pirate Bay filesharing Web site as long it keeps running, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported Tuesday.

Universal Music Group, a unit of Vivendi SA; EMI; Sony Corp. and Warner Music Group Corp asked the court to fine Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde as long as their Web site continued to function, the paper's online edition reported.

Peter Danowski, the record industry lawyer's lawyer in this case, refused to comment to AFP.

All three men were found guilty on April 17 of having promoted copyright infringement through their filesharing site - together with a fourth defendant, Carl Lundstroem.

They were sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay 30 million kronor (EUR2.72 million) to the movie and recording industry.

They are currently appealing the verdict.

The verdict against them didn't concern the Web site itself, which continues to function.

Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay makes it possible to skirt copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files using bit torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site.

None of the material can be found on The Pirate Bay server itself.

The Pirate Bay claims to have some 22 million users worldwide.


Источник: Total Telecom

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