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Swedish prosecutor takes file-sharing site to court

Briefs | 02/01/2008 3:02 pm EST

A prosecutor in Sweden yesterday filed charges against the organizers of The Pirate Bay file-sharing website for helping millions of worldwide users violate copyrights. Started in 2004, The Pirate Bay allows 10 to 15 million users share movies, music and other copyrighted works. "The operation of the Pirate Bay is financed through advertising revenues. In that way it commercially exploits copyright-protected work and performances," said prosecutor Hakan Roswall in a statement. Plaintiffs in the case include Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., MGM Pictures Inc., Colombia Pictures Industries Inc., 20th Century Fox Films Co., Sony BMG, Universal and EMI, who have until Feb. 29 to file claims for damages. A spokesman for The Pirate Bay said the website isn't doing anything illegal and the organizers are confident they will win a trial should the case go to court.

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