Pirate Bay founders Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij have been fined a further one million Swedish kronor (£87,500) after failing to heed a court order asking that the torrent site be shut down.
EMI Music, Universal Music, Sony BMG and Warner Music took the pair to court last year for encouraging and facilitating the illegal downloading and sharing of copy-protected materials and won .
As ever Neij remained as nonchalant and un-phased as ever. Already being chased for a 50 million kronor (£4.3 million) fine from last year’s court case, he said of the news that ” a few million more or less doesn’t really affect me.”
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