The four Swedish founders of one of the world’s biggest free file-sharing website have been sentenced to a year in jail and a 2.7 million euro fine for breach of copyright.
The verdict in the closely-watched Pirate Bay test case could set a precedent, helping music and film companies recoup millions of dollars in lost revenues. The defendants, who have always denied the charges, have appealed the verdict. They claim that, as no copyrighted material is stored on The Pirate Bay’s servers and no exchange of files actually takes place there, they cannot be held responsible for what material is being exchanged. But the prosecution said that by financing, programming and administering the site, the four men promoted the infringement of property rights by the site’s users.