The Pirate Bay Verdict: GuiltyMikey 8 comments
If you hadn't already heard, last Friday the official verdict was handed down to the defendants in the now infamous Pirate Bay trial.
Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundstrom have all been found guilty of 'assisting in making copyright content available', which will see the four each receive 1 year in jail and fines totalling a whopping $3.62 million. The jail sentences are rather lenient in my opinion, and I'm not sure if those fines will hurt much if the stories regarding the Pirate Bay financial situation are to be believed.
So what does this mean for the torrent community at large? According to this Torrent Freak article BitTorrent trackers have been 'closing shop' citing the Pirate Bay verdict as the reason. That's not too unexpected.
As for how this will affect Johnny Torrent is anyone's guess. But one thing is for sure, Sweden isn't the pirate safe haven it used to be.
Update: There are calls for a retrial after it was revelled that the residing Judge is a member of pro-copyright groups - along with Henrik Pontén, Monique Wadsted and Peter Danowsky.