Swedish File Sharers Get Jail Time

COLOGNE, GERMANY The founders of infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay have been found guilty of assisting copyright theft and been sentenced to prison time in a landmark decision announced in Sweden Friday morning.

The so-called Pirate Bay Four — Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundstrom — each received a one-year prison sentence. The court also called on them to pay damages amounting to 30 million Swedish Crowns, or $3.6 million.

The ruling is a major victory for the studios, which were plaintiffs in the case. It is the first time an online site that does not host copyright protected material — The Pirate Bay only provides links to pirated films, music and television programs hosted on other servers — has been found guilty of copyright infringement.

The defendants say they will appeal.

Source: THR.com