April 21, 2009 by Sundeep Chauhan
Sundeep Chauhan is currently Vice-President and General Counsel to the NRCC.
The Swedish courts have rendered a landmark verdict against the largest peer-to-peer site in the world. The four men behind Pirate Bay, the Swedish file-sharing site used by an estimated 22 million users to freely exchange copyright protected movies, music, software, and video games, have been found guilty of aiding in tens of millions of instances of copyright infringement.
Pirate Bay co-founders, Peter Sunde, Frederik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, along with millionaire businessman and Pirate Bay financier Carl Lundström, were all sentenced by a Stockholm court to one year in jail for violating Swedish law. They were also ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.6 million US) in damages as compensation to a coalition of media companies including, Columbia Pictures, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Warner Brothers, and Twentieth Century Fox.