July 29, 2009

Movie Studios File 13 New Lawsuits Against The Pirate Bay

The co-founder of the popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay says new legal action against the site is nothing more than harassment, BBC News reported.

Lawsuits from 13 Hollywood production companies were filed on Tuesday in a further effort to get the website permanently shut down.

The founders of Pirate Bay were found guilty of breaking copyright law in April and were sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay $4.5 million in damages.

But the site, where users can share copyrighted content, still remains active.

Monique Wadsted, the lawyer representing the movie studios, told AFP a complaint was filed against The Pirate Bay because they have not stopped their activities after they were sentenced to prison.

Columbia Pictures, Disney Enterprises, Universal Studios and 10 other firms, many of which were due to receive damages form the April settlement, have all taken part in the lawsuit.

However, Peter Sunde and the other Pirate Bay co-founders have maintained a high level of indifference to the site's legal action.

Sunde told BBC News: "I'm on vacation, sleeping a lot and eating great vegan food. The latest threats are just harassments from the industry of course. We've actually asked the courts to punish them with a high fine for the faulty threats."

The Pirate Bay, which allows user to exchange millions of files a day through bit torrent technology, was set up in 2003 by anti-copyright organization Piratbyran.

However, individuals have run it for the last five years.

The Pirate Bay does not host any copyrighted content on its web servers, but rather hosts links to TV, film and music files held on its users' computers.

Global Gaming Factory (GGF) recently bought the site for a reported $7.8 million following the most recent lawsuit.

The company intends to turn the site into a legal pay service that will feature a "give and take" downloading model that requires users to pay for sharing their resources.


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