Jail Time For Swedish 'Pirates'
Hollywood is apparently reveling in its victory. "We welcome the court's decision today because The Pirate Bay is a source of immense damage to the creative industries in Sweden and internationally," Motion Picture Association of American head Dan Glickman said in a statement. "This is an important decision for rights-holders, underlining their right to have their creative works protected against illegal exploitation."
Of course, the entertainment industry also cheered its legal victory against Napster -- only to see revenue continue to plunge as more and more companies emerged to take Napster's place.
The fact is, media companies can litigate all they want, but it's unlikely that legal measures will ever stop file-sharing -- not when millions of people want to listen to music or watch movies for free, and the technology exists that allows them to do so.
The Pirate Bay team says the site will continue to operate. And even if it was to shutter, other companies enable file-sharing.
The prosecution against Pirate Bay wasn't the only legal effort against piracy in Sweden. At the beginning of the month, a new Swedish law went into effect allowing courts to order Internet service providers to turn over information about suspected file sharers.
But companies are quickly finding ways around this new law. The Pirate Bay itself said it will offer an anonymizing service that allows people to connect to the site via a virtual private network for $6 a month
And earlier this week, the Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof said this week that it will no longer store IP addresses of visitors, according to The Local.