p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:- Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music who, since Day One, have been the leaders in entertainment cartel attacks on the online P2P sharing communities, have upped the ante against The Pirate Bay four, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (top), Frederik Neij (left), Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (centre) and Carl LundstrÃ¶m.
Sweden lost The Pirate Bay case, we posted when the verdict the four were sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to each pay SEK 30 million ($3.59 million) in damages came down.
“Stockholm district court had an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that Sweden is still the free and progressive country it was once famous for being,” p2pnet said at the time, adding:
“Instead, it confirmed that like America, it’s little more than another music and movie industry enforcement, sales and marketing division which puts corporate interests before those of its citizens.”
Now the corporate music industry in the shape of the Big 4 labels wants additional fines levied against TPB operators Neij, Warg and Sunde, says TorrentFreak.
Bank accounts belonging to the four, “may have been frozen by the Kronofogden, Sweden`s official debt collection agency,” said p2pnet recently, quoting The Local as saying the agency had, “already sent payment orders to the four men convicted in the case demanding they pay the first 12.1 million kronor ($1.5 million) of the 30 million kronor damages claim that accompanied the guilty verdict against them.”
In the latest part of the continuing effort to crush P2P and file sharing, with TPB as the poster targets, “According to DN.se, the application to the district court describes The Pirate Bay as an ‘infringing service’,” says enigmax in TorrentFreak, going on »»»
The plaintiffs claim that they have been able to download 467 music albums to which they own the copyright, via The Pirate Bay.
Because of this, the record companies have demanded that the operators of The Pirate Bay – Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi – take steps to ensure that it is impossible for Internet users to download any of the works to which they own the copyright, using The Pirate Bay.
Additionally, in what appears to be an attack on The Pirate Bay`s bandwidth supplier, the plaintiffs are demanding that the ISP `Black Internet` stops providing services to The Pirate Bay.
Worryingly, the application also asks the court to start applying the requested financial penalties before the District Court actually rules on it and that the four defendants shouldn`t be allowed to comment.
IT security expert AndrÃ© Rickardsson told DN.se that he was surprised the record companies have asked for The Pirate Bay operators to be fined.
“Swedish law applies in Sweden and their Internet service isn’t even in Sweden,” DN.se has Rickardsson stating.
“I don’t understand why the district court has anything to do with this,” he says. “The Pirate Bay operates in countries where the activity is permitted.”
p2pnet – Sweden loses The Pirate Bay case, April 17, 2009
TorrentFreak – Record Labels Increase Legal Pressure on Pirate Bay, May 19, 2009
have been frozen – Have Pirate Bay bank accounts been frozen?, May 15, 2009
The Local – Sweden to freeze guilty Pirates` loot, May 12, 2009
DN.se – Skivbolag trappar upp striden mot Pirate Bay, May 19, 2009
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