After four and a half years of work, it was recently prime time for the film “The Pirate Bay – Away from Keyboard. The film follows documentary filmmaker Simon Klose trio with the odd nicknames Brokep, Tiamo and Anakata behind TPB.
The film premiered on February 8th at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was simultaneously also available on YouTube and torrent via The Pirate Bay. Filmmaker Simon Klose has followed most of the Pirate Bay’s background figures for nearly four years, the film focuses primarily on the trial here in Sweden and what happened afterwards. The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003 here in Sweden and they are still out there, but many countries has blocked them, Sweden is one of them.
Text from http://en.wikipedia.org – “Swedish prosecutors filed charges on 31 January 2008 against Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, and Peter Sunde; and Carl Lundström, a Swedish businessman who through his businesses sold services to the site. The prosecutor claimed the four worked together to administer, host, and develop the site and thereby facilitated other people’s breach of copyright law. Some 34 cases of copyright infringements were originally listed, of which 21 were related to music files, 9 to movies, and 4 to games. One case involving music files was later dropped by the copyright holder who made the file available again on The Pirate Bay site. In addition, claims for damages of 117 million kronor (US$13 million, €12.5 million) were filed. The case was decided jointly by a judge and three appointed lay judges. According to Swedish media, the lead judge was involved in one, and on the board of another, pro-copyright organization, but denied that his involvement constituted a conflict of interest.
The trial started on 16 February 2009, in the district court (tingsrätt) of Stockholm, Sweden. The hearings ended on 3 March 2009 and the verdict was announced at 11:00 AM on Friday 17 April 2009: Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström were all found guilty and sentenced to serve one year in prison and pay a fine of 30 million Swedish krona (app. €2.7 million or USD 3.5 million). All of the defendants appealed the verdict.
The appeal trial concluded on 15 October 2010, and the verdict was announced on 26 November. The appeal court shortened sentences of three of the defendants who appeared in court that day. Neij’s sentence was reduced to 10 months, Sunde’s to eight, and Lundström’s to four. However, the fine was increased from 32 to 46 million kronor.
On 1 February 2012, the Supreme Court of Sweden refused to hear an appeal in the case, prompting the site to change its official domain name to thepiratebay.se from thepiratebay.org. The move to a .se domain was claimed to prevent susceptibility to US laws from taking control of the site.”
My view on this .. is that if I own and paid for a DVD or CD – I should be able to do what ever I want to do with it.
Can’t wait to see the documentary!
“Where there is a sea there are pirates”
My cloud is from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – by Hans Zimmer – “Angelica” is the title of this tango.
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