The four people behind the file-sharing resource website The Pirate Bay have been found guilty of copyright infringement and have been handed one-year prison sentences.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde Kolmsioppi, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom heard the verdicts in Stockholm yesterday (April 16).
As well as the jail sentence they had to pay £2.4 million in damages to various record labels, reports the Associated Press.
The defence had been relying on convincing the court that because the website didn’t host copyrighted material they were not guilty of breaching laws. However, the court heard about the website’s search functions and download and storage capabilities, which led to the guilty verdict.
Kolmsioppi had been relaying details of the trial as it progressed through his Twitter account, Twitter.com/brokep. He revealed that he heard the verdict before it was officially given through a “trustworthy source”.
He remained defiant despite the verdict, writing, “Nothing will happen to TPB [The Pirate Bay], us personally or file-sharing whatsoever. This is just a theatre for the media.”
The four defendants said before the trial began that they would appeal if they were found guilty, and are expected to hold a press conference about the verdict later today (April 17).