To follow up on a story we wrote about about a month ago when ithe court case started, the founders of thepiratebay.org got sentenced to jail today in a court in Sweden, for helping consumers illegally download online music and films.
Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi and Carl Lundstroem were given jail sentences of one year each by a Stockholm district court today.
The court also ordered the defendants to pay compensation and damages of 30 million kronor ($3.6 million).
The defendants said they plan to appeal.
The Swedish ruling won’t shut the Pirate Bay Web site.
“The court has found that by using Pirate Bay’s services there has been file-sharing of music, films and computer games to the extent the prosecutor has stated in his case,” the district court said. “This file-sharing constitutes an unlawful transfer to the public of copyrighted performances.”
“It’s so bizarre that we got convicted at all, we have to laugh about it,” Pirate Bay member Sunde said. “They could have fined us 1 billion dollars. It doesn’t matter because we can’t pay and we wouldn’t pay.”
Apparently, they don’t have the money to pay, as pointed out in an article from today August 24th, where 3 out of the 4 founders were found by Sweden’s official debt collector to have “no attachable assets” in that country.
Also the purchase of the site reported back in June seems to be in big trouble as the Swedish exchange officials halted trading in the acquiring company’s stock on Friday over concerns about whether Global Gaming has adequate financing to complete the purchase.