Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Pirate Bay founders final appeal

The Swedish Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from the founders of The Pirate Bay against prison sentences and fines imposed by the Swedish Court of Appeals, the court said on Wednesday.

Over a year ago, the Court of Appeals sentenced Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström to 10 months, eight months, and four months of jail time, respectively. The court also said they must collectively pay a 46 million kronor (US$6.7 million) fine.

The Supreme Court hears cases that are considered important for the direction of Swedish law enforcement, or when there are special circumstances. The court has reviewed the material in the Pirate Bay case and found that neither reason to hear the case exists, it said.

Separately, Gottfrid Swartholm Warg has been sentenced to one year in prison. Due to illness, Warg never showed up at the appeals trial, and recently had his verdict in the district court confirmed.

The Pirate Bay case has been contentious from day one, and not everyone thinks Wednesday's decision was the right choice."The Pirate Bay case is fundamentally important and it is unfortunate that the Supreme Court chooses not to hear the case," said Anna Troberg, leader of the Pirate Party in Sweden, in a statement.

The case has been handled inadequately since the raid back in May 2006, and it would have been desirable that the Supreme Court heard the case, she said

Despite the fact that sentences are now final, The Pirate Bay website remains online as it was not part of the legal proceedings. However, a few hours after the Supreme Court decision was made public, The Pirate Bay website started redirecting to a .se domain, fearing a possible seizure from the US authorities.



  1. That's horrible. The prison sentences are reasonable, but the fine! I mean I hope they've made at least twice that, otherwise I'd feel bad about them. At least the Swedish gov is probably going to put that money to good use, like more built-in heating for Stocholm's sidewalks, so they stay dry and warm in winter.

  2. What a terrible time we live in- when socialist thugs can lock people up and throw away the key for nothing more than a thought-crime. The communist Marx-loving Jews in Hollywood want to continue making their billions and brainwashing the world with their liberal filth. Better watch out!

  3. It's funny how the rich use the Swedish banks to get around taxes but when normal people use it to gain they persecute!