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Sweden-based BitTorrent indexing site Pirate Bay goes to trial today in Sweden on accusations that the popular torrent site has helped millions of users illegally download copyrighted material. If found guilty, Frederick Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, and Carl Lundström could each receive up to two years in prison along with a 1.2 million kronor (just over $140,000) fine.
At least two of the defendants don't seem too worried about the trial, and during a webcast news conference over the weekend offered a defiant message to the Swedish court.
"What are they going to do about it? They have already failed to take down the site once. Let them fail again. It has its own life without us," Ward was quoting as saying by TorrentFreak.
The court will also hear a civil claim being brought on by Warner Bros., MGM, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal, and BMG. Collectively, the companies are seeking 120 million kronor ($14.3 million) to compensate for alleged lost revenues.
"It does not matter if they require several million or one billion," said an also defiant Peter Sunde. "We are not rich and have no money to pay. They won't get a cent."
We'll continue to follow the trial as it unfolds, which, according to the prosecution, is expected to last for 13 days.
Image Credit: Joe Gratz