Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström were sentenced to 10 months, eight months and four months in prison, respectively, down from the original sentence of one year. The appeals court raised damage fees from 30 million Swedish kronor ($4.3 million) to 46 million kronor.($6.6 million).
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, The Pirate Bay’s fourth co-founder, missed the appeals trial due to illness, and will be tried separately at a later date.
During and after the original trial, the founders remained defiant. “Even if I had money, I would rather burn everything I own and not even give them the final dust from the burning,” Sunde said after last year’s guilty verdict. The Website still has a section for mocking legal threats.
A music industry lawyer thinks this verdict is the beginning of the end for piracy.
“In two years, this type of piracy will be over,” Monique Wadsted, an attorney for American record companies, told the TT news service. “After a ruling like this and all the pioneers start to get older and have children and families, piracy won’t occur to this extent.”
However, The Pirate Bay continues to operate, and anonymous developers have resurrected Limewire. There’s also no shortage of alternatives for pirates. The prevalence of piracy, I think, will have more to do with the availability of more convenient legal music and movie services.