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Submission + - Pirate Bay Four Found Guilty, Get Year in Jail (reuters.com)

suraj.sun writes: STOCKHOLM (Reuters) — A Swedish court handed down a guilty verdict and a year in prison on Friday to all four defendants in a copyright test case involving The Pirate Bay, one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites.

The verdict could be a step toward helping music and film companies seeking to recoup millions of dollars in revenues lost through illegal downloads.

"The Stockholm district court has today found guilty the four individuals that were charged with accessory to breaching copyright laws," the court said in a statement. "The court has sentenced each of them to one year in prison."

Companies including Warner Bros., MGM, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox Films, Sony BMG, Universal and EMI were also asking for damages of more than 100 million crowns ($12 million) to cover lost revenues.

The court also ordered the defendants to pay just over 30 million Swedish crowns ($3.58 million).

The men linked to The Pirate Bay — Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom — were charged early last year by a Swedish prosecutor with conspiracy to break copyright law and related offences.

Reuters : http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE53G1WU20090417

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