Sponsored by

Founders Of File-Sharing Site Pirate Bay Sentenced To Jail

Pirate Bay, with 22 million users in February, is the largest file-sharing site using BitTorrent software

By Keith Clark April 17, 2009

Yours truly... is reporting that the founders of the file-swapping website Pirate Bay have been sentenced to jail time (one year each) by a Swedish court, who further ordered them to pay compensation and damages of about $3.6 million.

So, the good guys win one. Not that it would seem to matter all that much when there’s so much piracy still going on without a realistic way to curtail it. As the Bloomberg report by Niklas Magnusson notes, “The International Federation of Phonographic Industry estimates 95 percent of all downloaded music is pirated, as consumers can get access to files free of charge within minutes, often before commercial release dates.”

I’d be tempted to make a pirate joke here, with all of the media attention of late paid to the Somali pirates kidnapping shipping personnel, but really, that’s not funny, nor is piracy (stealing is what it is) of creative property.

According to the report, Pirate Bay, with 22 million users in February, is the largest file-sharing site using BitTorrent software, which allows users to download and share files in 34 languages for free.

OK, this is somewhat comical: “Pirate Bay has said the site is a network where users put up content to share with other users and that there is no copyrighted material on the site.” Followed by this: “The Swedish ruling won’t shut the Pirate Bay website, whose most popular downloads include television series ‘Lost’ and Academy Award-winning movies such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ Other products include Apple Inc. software, computer games and millions of songs from bands such as AC/DC and EMI Music’s Coldplay.”

Ever seen the classic film “The Princess Bride”?

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Just substitute this:

Pirate Bay Founders: COPYRIGHT.
Sweedish Court: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

And really, what kind of morons name a file-swapping site PIRATE Bay?

It all goes back to a familiar refrain – I wish the recording industry (and other entertainment industries and companies) had gotten ahead of this issue way back when… way back when they had the opportunity. Letting things get to the courtroom stage does not often lead to the desired outcome.

Read the full article here.

About Keith

Keith Clark
Keith Clark

Editor In Chief, ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International
Keith has covered professional audio and systems contracting for more than 25 years, authoring hundreds of articles in addition to hands-on work in every facet of publishing. He fostered the content of ProSoundWeb (PSW) from its inception, helping build pro audio’s largest portal website, and has also served for several years as editor in chief of Live Sound International (LSI).


Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment!

Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Paul Wasser says

Piracy is killing the entertainment industry. Why don't they pass a law where if you are pulled over for a traffic violation the police can ask you if you have any pirated music? Then impose a fine $50 per song found plus court cost.

John Ward says

The recording industry "way back when" created this whole mess when they stole the rights of so many songwriters in the fifties and sixties. Back room / back door antics continued through the 90's. A lot of that theft was due to the fact that labels could get away with it and writers simply knew no better. As a former published songwriter (What was I thinking? Fame and fortune?)I abhore the idea and refuse to practice piracy in the strictest sense of the law, but I certainly feel no pity for the publishers / labels at this point in the game. Should one choose to participate in the game of recording / film / etc. they have to accept the reality that piracy is here to stay and that technology is both their best friend and worst enemy, and courts word-wide are not going to put the subject on the top of their ‘to do' list.

Al Brown says

Lets say for example I have a friend in Oaklahoma I live in Toronto, Canada. It is too far for me to travel to Oaklahoma. But my friend plays really good guitar. My friend also uses cakewalk sonar poducer pro. I use a free program called Audacity. In what format .mp3, .wma. or .flac or other can he send his tracks so I can use his guitar tracks when mixed on Audacity to get the best sound for a professional recording.

Paul Wasser says

I believe what you are refering to is a work for hire. If I or a record label pay a writer and five musicians an hourly rate to do session work and at the end of the day or session they are paid then under the work for hire law I or the label own the right to the music. This is not ripping the artist off this is a work for hire it is just like going to work for any company from sears to petco.

Tagged with:

Subscribe to Live Sound International

Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.