Swedish Appeals Court Upholds Pirate Bay Ruling

Court lowers prison sentence, boosts fine


BERLIN -- A Swedish appeals court has upheld the ruling against three of the four men behind notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, reducing their prison sentences but increasing the fines against them.

A lower court last year sentenced four men linked to the site: Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Carl Lundstrorm and Gottfrid Svartholm, finding them criminally liable for facilitating illegal file-sharing.

On Friday, the Swedish Appeal court upheld the verdict of "contributory copyright infringement" for Sunde, Neij and Lundstrom. Svartholm was ill and could not take part in the proceedings. The court will review his case at a later date. All four men were originally sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of about $905,000 each. In the appeal, the court cut the prison sentences to between four and ten months for the three defendants but increased the damages to a total of more than $6.57 million.

All of the "Pirate Bay Four" say they are no longer connected to the site. Despite the legal action, The Pirate Bay has stayed online and continued to operate.