The four defendants of The Pirate Bay: Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundström were found guilty of having made 33 copyright-protected files accessible for illegal file sharing via ThePiratebay.org website. They’re sentenced a year in jail and must pay $3.6 million for damage to 17 media companies.
Some of them are: Warner Bros. Entertainment, MGM Pictures, Columbia Pictures Industries, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI, Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, and Activision.
The four defendants have already vowed to appeal the verdict, and it could take years before the case reaches Sweden’s Supreme Court. We’ll be bringing an editorial comment on the verdict shortly.