December 20, 2010

Pirate Bay Investor Appeals Court Decision

According to court documents, a key investor of The Pirate Bay file sharing site appealed to the country's highest court on Monday to overturn his four-month prison sentence and fines to the music and movie industry.

"Carl Lundstroem demands the Supreme Court cancel the Appeal Court's ruling," the petition read.

Lundstroem and Pirate Bay founders Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg were all sentenced to a year in jail in 2009, while also being ordered to pay $4.5 million for copyright infringement.

The Svea Court of Appeal reduced Lundstroem's sentence to four months in prison, but upped the amount of damages to $6.7 million.

"We do not accept the Appeal Court's ruling," Lundstroem's lawyer Per E. Samuelsson told Swedish public radio.

"My client Carl Lundstroem delivered Internet capacity to the Pirate Bay. Different people around the world use the Pirate Bay services ... We think it is completely wrong that someone who delivered power to a website should pay damages and sit in prison for what users of the website do with it," he said.

Pirate Bay, which was founded in 2003, claims it has over 23 million users. 

The site 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.

The defendants maintained that file-sharing services are able to be used both legally and illegally during last year's trial.