Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested for Copyright Violations After Two Years on Run

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June 1 2014 12:57 PM

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested for Copyright Violations After Two Years on Run

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Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde (L) talks with his attorney during his copyright trial in Stockholm March 2009.

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One of the co-founders of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay has been arrested in Sweden, Swedish police said on Saturday. Peter Sunde was on the run from authorities for almost two years after he and three others were sentenced to an eight-month prison term and a $6.9 million fine for Pirate Bay’s infringement of copyright laws. In September 2012, another founder of the site was arrested in Cambodia and deported to Sweden, Reuters reports.

Here’s more from Reuters:

Swedish media reported on Saturday that Sunde may have been living in Germany in recent years and that Sweden's Supreme Court had as recently as May rejected an appeal from him… Pirate Bay, launched in 2003, provided links to music and movie files that were stored on other users' computers. Swedish subsidiaries of prominent music and film companies had taken the company to court claiming damages for lost revenue. Despite the Swedish court case, the website is still functioning. On its website, Pirate Bay says it is now run by a different organization and is registered in the Seychelles.

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