Music Industry News

The prosecution in the trial of the founders of torrent website The Pirate Bay (with 22 million users) has asked the court to jail the four defendants for one year. Addressing the court in his closing summery, Prosecutor Hakan Roswall said that the founders of the site should be punished because they are guilty of copyright infringement. He said that despite The Pirate Bay not hosting content, it does still allow users to share and download illegal files. “A person who is holding someone’s coat while they assault someone else is complicit in the crime,” Roswall said, reports Swedish newspaper The Local. Today the four defendants (Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 28, Peter Sunde, 30, Fredrik Neij, 30, and Carl Lundstrom, 48) in the case are due to make their closing statements, before the trial is concluded on Wednesday. The music industry has lost more than 30% in sales since 2001 because of illegal downloading.

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