Four men have been charged with conspiring to break Swedish copyright law.
Swedish prosecutor Hakan Roswall stated that The Pirate Bay is in violation of Swedish copyright laws because it commercially exploits protected work. But the four Swedes remain defiant.
“We’re tracking over 1 million torrents. We have had over 10 million simultaneous peers on the trackers. We’re at 2.5 million registered users,” they write on their site.
“In case we lose the pending trial (yeah right) there will still not be any changes to the site. The Pirate Bay will keep operating just as always. We’ve been here for years and we will be here many more.”
“The operation of Pirate Bay is financed through advertising revenues,” said Roswall in a statement. “In that way it commercially exploits copyright-protected work and performances.”
The charges relate to 20 music files, nine film files and four computer game files. Pirate Bay servers do not store copyrighted material, but provides links to downloads of copyrighted films, TV programmes, albums and software.
Source: IT News and The Pirate Bay.