Stockholm, Sweden – The four major record labels have petitioned
the courts in Sweden to compel two operators of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay
to pay fines resulting from their convictions on charges of copyright
infringement last year. The court ordered Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij
to cease operating the site, or else face fines of $71,000 each.
While the Pirate Bay
soon after opted to shutter its own file-sharing tracker service — stating
that decentralized trackers had taken up the slack — the labels argue that the
service continues to operate unabated.
"The changes in the tracker
function haven’t changed the file sharing services function," the labels
said in a court filing, according to Sweden’s the Local.
Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg have seen to it that users can use the new
tracker by making sure that TPB’s Web site automatically provides links to the
trackers to all the torrent files which are on or are uploaded to TPB."
For his part, defendant Fredrick Neij denies any involvement with The Pirate
"I am no longer involved in the operation of The Pirate Bay,
so there is no opportunity for the penalty to be issued," Neij told Sweden’s