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Swedish Court Finalizes Jail Sentence For Pirate Bay Co-Founder

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the yes-he-looks-very-dangerous dept.

The Courts 160

Mightee sends in this excerpt from TorrentFreak: "The Stockholm District Court sentence against Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was finalized today after he failed to appear at the Court of Appeal. Svartholm, also known as Anakata online, did not appear at the appeal trial last year because he was hospitalized in Cambodia and later went missing. The Court of Appeal has now decided to finalize the initial verdict of one year jail time and a fine of $1.1 million."

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...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716330)

You run a (profitable) torrent tracker and you take vacations in third-world asian countries?

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (3, Informative)

amazon10x (737466) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716382)

I don't think they got rich off of TPB.

"In an investigation in 2006, the police concluded that The Pirate Bay brings in 1.2 million SEK (US$168,885.60) per year from advertisements."

"In the 2009 trial, the defense estimated the site's yearly expenses to be 800,000 SEK (US$112,590.40)"

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716556)

Pirate Bay was a lot smaller in 2006 and they had mostly adult ads, not the type of ads they have now. They also didn't employ as good shell company structure with their Seychelles company as they do now.

The income with torrent sites is currently around $50 per 1000 unique visitors, mostly from toolbar (those "download from fast server now"), usenet and vpn provider ads. TPB currently has global Alexa rank #84. Quantcast currently estimates TPB gets 200k unique visitors per day [quantcast.com], and that is only US traffic. They get huge amount of traffic everywhere from the world. But just from that US traffic alone, TPB probably makes around 200000*(50/1000) = $10 000 per day.

That translates to $3 650 000 per year, almost four million dollars. And then you also have to add traffic and income from all the other countries apart from US, which probably brings the income close to ten million dollars a year.

Posted anonymously because I have also ran a torrent site. That means, I also know the kind of income such get from ads.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717052)

That translates to $3 650 000 per year, almost four million dollars.

$3.65M is not "almost four million dollars".

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (3, Funny)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717218)

I ran those numbers by my Hollywood based accountant, and his calculations resulted in a net loss of about $3000 a day.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (4, Interesting)

migla (1099771) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717904)

If the founder in question here was making huge numbers off TPB a few years ago (2008, maybe), it didn't show in his wardrobe, hairstyle or choice of place to crash or his mode of transportation.

I saw him staying with friends in one of the socio-economically crappiest suburbs of Stockholm and taking the subway wherever he was going.

I'm not saying he wasn't a millionaire, but if he was, it was like some character said in some (iirc) Tzingiz Aitmatov story:
"I'm just a poor person with lots of money".

I think this person is a principled person. I might be wrong, but this is the vibe I got from happening to pass him by on the street a few years ago.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (2)

migla (1099771) | more than 2 years ago | (#37718116)

I'll just go ahead and reply to myself regarding possible ambiguities in my above post:

By the comparison to the Aitmatov (?) quote, I didn't mean to imply that he came from a poor background, because I don't know about that and since his name is actually Donald Duckishly aristocratic to a swede. What I meant was that I felt he is (or at least was) true to his ... roots as an information freedom-fighter.

Also, I didn't just happen by him once, but a few times - on the streets of the "ghetto" (as far as we have them) and on the u-bahn.

Anyway. Histories of current persons in bodies, while perhaps titillating, are not more important than the ideas they put forth. So, you know, whatever.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718306)

I just took a look at TPB and all I see is low quality filler ads all from the same agency (z5x.net). I can't realistically see them making more than around $0.02 / 1000 page views from those kinds of ads.

Also, I run a site with alexa rank a little over 10,000 which gets just under 3 million page views and around 100,000 uniques a day, so I doubt TPB gets anywhere close to the guess provided by Quantcast.

Anyway, if you were making the insanely good ad rates you are suggesting, post links to the advertiser sites -- I am looking for better advertisers.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718488)

That's because you're failing to see what actually ads. Take a look at the torrent details pages. The big download button is an advertisement to a toolbar that pays $1-2 per install, and many users install those (either because they're clueless or just otherwise). There's also another "advertisement" to their tube site that is filled with all kinds of ads. That's their main source of income, not those z5x.net ads. Besides, even for those ads the CPM is $2-3 per 1000 page views.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716558)

There are many ways to start a new life somewhere else though, web admins can work from anywhere with a wire to the www and make money. The whole case is BS though since piratebay is still up and running, what are they trying to prove here? That they can sentence people whenever they feel like it?

I love how when the courts get bad PR, nothing happens, when a company gets bad PR they go out of business. HMMMM

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716930)

Basic intimidation. It's the standard way to enforce a law when there are far too many violators to prosecute even a tiny fraction. Pick a few prominent examples, and then utterly destroy their lives. That will serve to scare many of the others straight.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (2)

Coldmoon (1010039) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717648)

Basic intimidation. It's the standard way to enforce a law when there are far too many violators to prosecute even a tiny fraction. ...

And that worked out so well during prohibition now didn't it...?

All this does is breed contempt for the law which is evident from both your take on this and the revenue TPB is supposedly getting. When you try to regulate a natural human activity that has been with us since the age of caves or even earlier, you should expect to be both ignored and ridiculed.

And as far as the average US citizen is concerned, you run into good old fashion orneriness where those who would not even have cared about the topic will simply do it just to thumb their noses at the stupidity...

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#37718164)

There is an underlying problem to all this...

when I buy an album, almost no money goes to the person actually making the music. The money goes to the RIAA who are the ones prosecuting people with that same money. Etc, we've all heard this before.

I'm dead serious though, if the artist made the money, and cds didn't cost $15 a pop (adds up very quick when u want new music, currently at the rate the artists typically make off the media, I can buy enough to last me years for $15 TOTAL), I would consider not supporting what TPB is doing, but since a bunch of assholes in suites who don't know how to play a musical instrument or have any talent are mooching off the industries, TPB has not only survived, it's thriving and the DNS nowadays is pretty hard to get at from my understanding.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

TechLA (2482532) | more than 2 years ago | (#37718240)

It doesn't go to RIAA, it goes to record labels. Those record labels who supported and lend money to the artists to make and record their songs, supported them, advertised them and handled distribution for them. Of course the record label needs to get it's investment back, otherwise they would go bankrupt.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716384)

Probably went to score some hot ladyboy action.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716458)

Or became one

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716398)

Why not?
Its out of the reach of Sweden, and internet close to anywhere.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716646)

You run a (profitable) torrent tracker and you take vacations in third-world asian countries?

Maybe he wanted to see Angkor Wat [wikipedia.org], maybe he wanted to see unspoiled jungles, maybe because the Cambodian people are really friendly, or because he wanted to try the food and experience the culture.

There are plenty of good reasons why people vacation in south-east Asia (and, admittedly, some shady ones). I've known lots of people who have been to Thailand and Cambodia and Vietnam for vacations ... I'm just not willing to fly that far.

Hell, my next vacation is going to be in Cuba ... because it's affordable, and incredibly safe, the people are friendly and the weather is awesome. The most enjoyable and relaxing week of my entire year.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716708)

and incredibly safe

No, it's not. Last time I was there (cooperation project from my government, a company I used to work was a contractor) a boy grabbed-and-run my boss' Nikon camera. Quite a few time people offered to "exchange" some of my personal items (running sneakers, iPod) for other items, some of the offers were done more like a threat than as a offer. I must admit I ventured a little outside of the Havana usual tourist path.

Might be safe if you stay inside a resort, but anywhere else is then.

And people were no more friendly than other places in Latin America. Poor people are often friendly. As someone who grew up in a piss poor country, I just fucking hate friendly people.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716918)

And people were no more friendly than other places in Latin America. Poor people are often friendly. As someone who grew up in a piss poor country, I just fucking hate friendly people.

can't agree more with this.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (3, Informative)

TechLA (2482532) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717420)

Yep, Cambodia isn't really that safe. It's much safer in Thailand for example. However, I go to Cambodia 3-4 times a year to renew my Thai visa and stay there a couple a weeks, but it always feels kind of unsafe. And last time I was there hundreds of people died on that Phnom Penhs bridge when it got too crowded. If you have to go to hospital, you really don't want to go to Cambodian hospital anyway - every foreigner should try to get to either to Thailand or Singapore in that case, and it's touted everywhere on the web. This is also why I don't think the TPB admin really had to go to hospital.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716814)

Hell, my next vacation is going to be in Cuba ... because it's affordable, and incredibly safe, the people are friendly and the weather is awesome.

Added bonus #1. It pisses off Americans because they can't go there.
Added bonus #2. No Americans.
Excuse me while I call my travel agent.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717242)

Hell, my next vacation is going to be in Cuba ... because it's affordable, and incredibly safe, the people are friendly and the weather is awesome.

Added bonus #1. It pisses off Americans because they can't go there. Added bonus #2. No Americans. Excuse me while I call my travel agent.

As an American who has been to Cuba I can tell you that bonus #1 isn't necessarily true. As for bonus #2, the United States hardly has a monopoly on obnoxious tourists. Last time I was in Cairo a series of Greek tourists were being kicked out for using the museum as their personal climbing wall, and outside a group of Japanese tourists asked to take my picture confusing me (and my olive complexion) as an Egyptian.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0, Troll)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717558)

That's the good thing about America, we don't need to leave here unless we really want to, we've already got pretty much everything here. Cubans? we've got those. They're in Miami. Iranians? (scuse me, "Persians"), we've got those all over the place. I grew up down the street from two Persian families. Russians? Mexicans? Vietnamese? Sure! Any please in the world that its' not really "safe" (well, for an american) to travel to, we've already got them here, and chances are that there's a major metropolitan area with a section devoted to any given ethnicity.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718312)

I am sure that the native americans were saying exactly the same before your ancestors stole their land and exterminated most of them.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 2 years ago | (#37718324)

It pisses off Americans because they can't go there.

Why go to Cuba when you can go to The Dominican, Jamaica, or for that matter pretty much any other Caribbean island?

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716822)

"The people are friendly" is what people say when there is nothing else of merit to the country.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717044)

Its not capitalist, which apparently is a huge draw for many.

One might wonder that more people havent flocked there, actually. Oh wait, I know why.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717422)

It's what people say when Americans are banned from visiting.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718182)

I just came back from Cuba 3 weeks ago -first time I visited.

a) It's not affordable. It's ridiculously expensive compared to pretty much any other third world country, specially considering the crap you're getting -that includes the horrible, horrible food.
b) It's not safe. Granted, you won't get shot, but each and every Cuban is out to con you.
c) People are simply not friendly. They actually have that distinct "uncivilized" attitude people from all communist countries get. It's a "I can't get fired, so complain all you want about my bad service" attitude.
d) The weather is also awesome in Cancun, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominicana, and other 10,000 places in the world.

Seriously, it's not a good country to visit, even for a 1 week vacation. Do yourself a favor and don't go. Added bonus is that you don't support a dictator that has been in power since forever.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

Weezul (52464) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716668)

I donno why he moved there, bust most like he's missing because the MafiAA simply put a hit out on him. It's nice they waited till he moved outside civilized legal systems.

Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716950)

Not their style. They don't break the law - they are just experts in using the law to their own advantage. They won't break their own rules.

awol (2)

amazon10x (737466) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716336)

Nobody knows where he is. He probably fled the country and will create a new identity for himself.

Here's to hoping, anyway.

Re:awol (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716442)

Nobody knows where he is. He probably fled the country and will create a new identity for himself.

Here's to hoping, anyway.

I don't think anyone really believed he was sick in Cambodia. The only proof we have of that is his mother's word. Seems to me like he knew the end was near and hopefully took his earnings with him to start a new life

Re:awol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716534)

That's not true. He could have gotten an std from a ladyboy companion.

Re:awol (1)

TechLA (2482532) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716624)

That's not true. He could have gotten an std from a ladyboy companion.

That's bullshit. I've had my fair share of ladyboy fun and generally it's almost impossible to get serious STD like HIV on the receiving end of a blowjob. Of course it's a good idea to have a condom when having intercourse, but if you're just looking for a blowjob then there's no problem. The change of getting serious STD is 0.0000001%.

Re:awol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717004)

That's not true. He could have gotten an std from a ladyboy companion.

That's bullshit. I've had my fair share of ladyboy fun and generally it's almost impossible to get serious STD like HIV on the receiving end of a blowjob. Of course it's a good idea to have a condom when having intercourse, but if you're just looking for a blowjob then there's no problem. The change of getting serious STD is 0.0000001%.

You can get an STD only by intercourse i believe. And there's quite a high chance you might get it, if the ladyboy is from Combodia or Vietnam.

Re:awol (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717188)

It depends on your definitions of "only" and "STD".
Which in part is culture dependent. Some diseases like mono is considered an STD in some countries, but not others. And some, like warts, can be transferred without intercourse.

Keep your thin mucous skin protected, whether it's mouth, genitals or other, and have fun.

Re:awol (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717082)

Well, you can spread an STD if the previous blowjob customer had one and the giver didn't wash his/her mouth. (Assuming skin contact)

Re:awol (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716676)

That's what I'd do. Heck I'd say it was Cambodia and the flee from there to some other country. A big one with lots of jungles. With a decent amount of cash it's easy to build a nice big house in the middle of a jungle and live comfortably, I've seen it done (including one guy who has a Lotus Elise at his place, and has to drive it a good kilometer or so over a rocky trail to get it to the nearest sorta-paved road, LOL)

Re:awol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717528)

An Elise on unpaved roads?
 
  You do realize the Elise is made of balsa wood and uses a 10hp chainsaw engine. It would probably break into a hundred pieces on unpaved roads.

Re:awol (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717574)

You do realize it has a stainless/aluminum unibody, a 200hp+ high-revving 4cyl and can make a decent rally car?

It's far from an ideal surface, especially with the factory settings, but it can be done. Heck I have to drive my little sports coupe over much worse roads with track-set coilovers to get within a few miles of the track.

Re:awol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716642)

He is in Cambodia enjoying all sorts of drugs living in some shithole. True story.

P2P (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716350)

Centralised -> Decentralised -> Centralised
We're back to where we started.

In a hospital in Cambodia?! (2)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716422)

That is one best excuses for not coming to court that I have ever heard!

Re:In a hospital in Cambodia?! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716484)

Maybe he's here [panoramio.com] taking a "mental health" day.

Re:In a hospital in Cambodia?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717740)

Maybe he's just on holiday...

Shocking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716448)

I knew he was a pirate, but I was shocked to find out he was a scofflaw.

Swedish Jail? (2)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716528)

I'd heard they were more like upscale college dorms than prison cells.

Re:Swedish Jail? (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716588)

depends on your perspective, the US prison cells look like upscale college dorms compared to the ones in North Korea

Re:Swedish Jail? (4, Funny)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716594)

I'd heard they were more like upscale college dorms than prison cells.

forcing someone to live in a college dorm would be inhuman.

Re:Swedish Jail? (1)

MrNJ (955045) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716618)

Nonsense. I've never heard of college dorm where they clean your room for free.

Re:Swedish Jail? (2)

colondee (2235050) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717142)

In the UK (London) our rooms get cleaned. Well not for free, it's included in the rent. That's one of the reasons I don't live in college any more. The cleaner often came in when I was sleeping/drunk, and if I wasn't there, she sometimes knocked over my stuff. My neighbour left some coins (remember, our smallest banknote is about US$8) on his desk and they were gone when he got back. I never noticed my room noticeably cleaner after the maid had come. And one day when I caused a bit of a mess, I asked if I could borrow the vaccum cleaner from reception. They made me wait until the cleaner next came round!

Re:Swedish Jail? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716702)

Plus when you get fucked they always remember to give a reacharound.

Cambodia (2)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716544)

are you sure it wasn't Somalia?

Re:Cambodia (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716616)

Somalia would be a terrible place to flee to. Any government (or corporation, why not) could come and abduct you with a blackhawk (as long as none of the militias manage to shoot them down) and the little government-controlled compound in the capital won't know shit, and even if they did, nobody cares about their little pipsqueak government.

Re:Cambodia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717216)

Because they couldn't do that in Cambodia? You think the king of Cambodia is going to give a shit about this twerp?

Re:Cambodia (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717244)

Not about this twerp, but perhaps about foreign law enforcement presence on his land...

Re:Cambodia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717534)

What is he going to do? Saber rattle and watch as the world laughs at how powerless he is?

Re:Cambodia (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717654)

When Kim Jong-Il or Ahmadinejad impotently saber-rattles, the US takes notice.

Also it would make the US look like a huge dick and damage foreign relations, although I doubt you care about that part.

Re:Cambodia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718122)

When Kim Jong-Il or Ahmadinejad impotently saber-rattles, the US takes notice.

But he is neither of those people. That's because they have weapons and powerful backers. The king of Cambodia doesn't.

Its $4.48m (2)

think_nix (1467471) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716610)

The summary is wrong. TFA:"This means that the Pirate Bay co-founder is sentenced to a year in jail and his share of 30 million kronor ($4.48m) in damages."

Re:Its $4.48m (1)

Mordermi (2432580) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716698)

Divided by 4.

Re:Its $4.48m (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716956)

No, not divided by 4. 30 million SEK is to be payed in total, it is not evenly distributed.

If any single one of the sentenced got money, it will be confiscated. He can then sue his companions if he want them to pay their share.

Re:Its $4.48m (1)

mmcuh (1088773) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717464)

...which is the only reason why one of the four was prosecuted to begin with, the guy who was a decade of two older and basically just owned the ISP that employed one of the others. He is rich, the other three, who were the ones actually involved with The Pirate Bay, have no money. Guess who will have to pay the damages if the supreme court appeal fails?

Re:Its $4.48m (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 2 years ago | (#37718534)

Guess who will have to pay the damages if the supreme court appeal fails?

For him there is no appeal now, the verdict is final. Which I think with 99% probability means we'll never hear from him again because he's either dead or disappeared, I won't speculate in which but I'd be extremely surprised if he should ever reappear.

Re:Its $4.48m (1)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716784)

The summary is wrong. TFA:"This means that the Pirate Bay co-founder is sentenced to a year in jail and his share of 30 million kronor ($4.48m) in damages."

Emphasis mine.

Re:Its $4.48m (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37716984)

If he is fleeing, it's more likely fleeing the jail than fine. Rich or not, a nerd is a nerd... somehow I doubt he would do very well in jail, and he probably agrees. Even a Swedish jail, which I imagine is rather less full of beatings than the US approach of cramming people in like sardines to keep costs down.

Re:Its $4.48m (4, Insightful)

Kidbro (80868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717668)

As a Swedish resident I disagree. While I would certainly not want to go to jail, I wouldn't fear the time there, and I'm a 60kg geek that probably couldn't hold my own against a 12 year old girl.
A prison sentence is far from a luxury resort, but in general in prison violence is low here. Lacking a decent net connection (and being disconnected would be a terrible thing indeed) I'd spend my time in the library, reading up on what I'm curious about, or simply ploughing through the classics I've missed. I doubt I'd have much trouble with other inmates.
A million dollar debt though - that would destroy my life.

I suspect the same is true for Anakata.

Re:Its $4.48m (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718108)

I doubt he's very rich. Last time I saw him he was sitting at their office/server place in front of a bunch of terminal screens working away. I came to patch my server on-site, and he was a bit paranoid.
It didn't look too glamorous, but then again I guess he's a nerd like the rest of us. Doing it for the fun of it.

Re:Its $4.48m (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717540)

His share of the 30 million is not 7.5 million. His share is whatever can be extracted from him, until a total of 30 million has been collected from all 4 defendants. This can be between 0 and 30 million depending on how the collection from his mates goes. The verdict does not contain any notion of "fairness" among the defendants, and the court does not care who of them pays.

For the purposes of calculating his net worth - e.g. for a credit report - the damages will be noted as a debt of 30 million in his name, although this may be erased by the others paying. So if you wish to assign a specific number to his verdict, 30 million is the least inaccurate number.

Lost inside Cambodia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716982)

They won't see his face again

Afghanistan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37716994)

He should have went to Afghanistan where is no such thing as copyright legislation.

Re:Afghanistan (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717096)

Yeah, but there is a nice extradition agreement between there and many countries like the US, EURO block, and elsewhere since they all have their troops there trying to keep the country together. He could try his hand in the autonomous regions, but if you are not a muslim (and of the correct sect), you had better start learning....

Holiday in Cambodia (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717012)

i have nothing to add about it, it's just hard to work that meme into /. any more

Re:Holiday in Cambodia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717250)

i'm glad someone did.

Well, well... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37717068)

All of that chest-beating on their site about takedown notices, and when they actually _get_ taken down their co-founder runs off to a foreign country and hides to avoid the consequences, scurrying away from the lights like a cockroach.

Not so tough now, are you TPB? And all of you fucktards wearing Guy Fawkes masks out of some retarded interpretation of a movie of a _book_, you're next.

Re:Well, well... (1)

mmcuh (1088773) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717488)

They are not taken down. The site was down a couple of days after the raid that started the whole thing (back in June 2006!), but has been up ever since with the odd downtime for planned maintainance or technical screwups. It's just run by different people.

missing.... (2)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717734)

Because he was hospitalized in Cambodia and later went missing

Yeah..... that's exactly what happened Please.. the man has money and no interest in giving it back or spending time in jail. He's long gone folks. Any sane person would have done the same thing.

Re:missing.... (3, Insightful)

DanielRavenNest (107550) | more than 2 years ago | (#37717972)

So where is the best combination of fast internet backbones, moderate cost of living, and no extradition treaty? I would look there.

Re:missing.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718330)

Cambodia??

hospitalized in Cambodia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718006)

King Kong defense didn't work out?

The Pirate Bay Founders are huge disappointments (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37718344)

If you are going to be a Pirate, then you better have the testicular fortitude to face the consequences. Be a Martyr!

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