Well I can’t say I’m happy or sad about this. Part of me thought they might actually have a compelling case but when I saw the images a while back of them setting there in court looking like they were on spring break out for lunch I sort of figured they didn’t have much of a chance. It’s one thing to operate a web site that is in a gray area but to go into court to defend yourself with an obvious “I don’t really care” attitude then you get what you have coming. Here is a good write up on what happened and where things now stand. The Pirate Bay Verdict and the Future of File Sharing
Everyone who has an attitude about downloading illegal content and tries to justify it now have a legal case bigger than any other to point to for reference. Music lawyers around the world are surely praying the appellate court upholds the verdict.
The four defendants in the case, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, were each sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.56 million) in damages.
This announcement strikes me as very odd.
But as in all good movies, the heroes lose in the beginning but have an epic victory in the end anyhow. That’s the only thing hollywood ever taught us.
Do they actually think they are superheros?