"You, our beloved users, know that this little speedbump on the information super highway is nothing more than just, a little bump. Todays verdict has already been appealed by us and will be taken to the next level of court (and that will take another 2 or 3 years!)"The site also pleads with its users not to send them any donations. They provide a list of things to do if you want to support the site:
* Seed those torrents a little bit more than you usually do! * Buy a t-shirt and show the world where your sympathy is. * If you live in Europe, vote in the election for the EU parliament in June. * Continue to build the internets! Start more bittorrent sites, blog more, start your own lobby group, create, remix, mash up and continue to grow more heads on this amazing hydra that we know as the internets! * Do not be afraid of using the network. Invite your friends to this and other file sharing systems. Calm people down if they're upset. We need to stay united.Meanwhile, protests erupted in several Swedish cities over the court's decision. 1,000 people turned up in Stockholm insisting that the ruling be overturned. The leader of the protest, Malin Littorin-Ferm, said:
"We young people have a whole platform on the Internet, where we have all our social contacts -- it is there that we live. The state is trying to control the Internet and, by extension, our private lives,"The generation that live 'on the internet' are going to become more and more important, because for them, the rules of everything - just starting with attitudes to copyright - are completely different. (via TheNextWeb)
Stop lying HÅKAN ROSWALL!: The ruthless hunt conducted by the IFPI, Anti-Piracy Office, Warner Bros., and all the other companies with a pawn in the game has now resulted in a trial in which four innocent men are accused of copyright infringement. This is a declaration of war against anti-piracy outfits and the industry players behind them, and we urge the public to boycott and lynch those responsible. IFPI is just the beginning. To be Continued. The New GenerationThe defendants in the trial, however, aren't too happy about it, with Peter Sunde (brokep) saying:
"Our case is going quite well as most of you have noticed. In the light of that it feels very bad that people are hacking web sites which actually puts us in a worse light than we need to be in. If anyone involved in the acts going on is reading this - please stop, for our sake. We don't need that kind of support."All IFPI sites are now back online. (via Torrentfreak 1 & 2)
"EU directive 2000/31/EG says that he who provides an information service is not responsible for the information that is being transferred. In order to be responsible, the service provider must initiate the transfer. But the admins of The Pirate Bay don't initiate transfers. It's the users that do and they are physically identifiable people. They call themselves names like King Kong,"
"According to legal procedure, the accusations must be against an individual and there must be a close tie between the perpetrators of a crime and those who are assisting. This tie has not been shown. The prosecutor must show that Carl Lundström personally has interacted with the user King Kong, who may very well be found in the jungles of Cambodia,"Basically, he's saying that for the defendants to be guilty, they need to have personally been involved with every interaction between sharers and downloaders - simply setting up the noticeboard isn't good enough, especially as there are plenty of people using that same noticeboard for sharing perfectly legitimate content. Following that statement, the court adjourned the case until tomorrow. On brokep's fantastic Twitter stream, he relates that everyone then went for pizza together. He asked the prosecution to pick up the bill. They refused.