Pirate Bay Founders Jailed and Fined

Four men who co-founded the running of file-sharing website Pirate Bay were jailed today in a legal ruling which may have wide-ranging implications on the future of downloading films and music.

A court in Sweden convicted the men of breaking copyright law by running the site, which allows users to download films, music and computer games for free.

The test case verdict could be a step toward helping music and film companies seeking to recoup millions of pounds in losses from illegal downloads.

The Stockholm court sentenced Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom to one year each in prison.

The four were also ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor/£2.4m/$3.5m to a series of entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures.

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