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02/28 2008 | 01:05 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The Miro blog recently reported that Democracy Now is saving 1000 bucks per month by using Bittorrent to distribute its video downloads.

democracy now torrents

Democracy Now has between 400 and a thousand downloaders per day for its video files. Doesn't sound that much, right? Well, it still comes to seven to eight Terabyte of data transfered per month.

The Miro folks estimate that the show would have to pay about 1200 dollars per month if these downloads were distributed as plain old HTTP downloads via Amazon's S3. Democracy Now instead uses a single server that is donated but otherwise would cost about 200 bucks per month to seed its shows and lets Bittorrent users do the rest.

Kinda makes you wonder how much publishers of more popular shows could save if they were using Bittorrent through Miro or a similar client instead of web-based video podcasts, doesn't it?

02/26 2008 | 11:40 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
This is how democracy looks like: The Save The Internet coalition is claiming that Comcast paid dozens of attendants of yesterday's FCC hearings just to make sure that citizens critical of the company's Bittorrent blocking couldn't get in. From

"Comcast — or someone who really, really likes Comcast — evidently bused in its own crowd. These seat-warmers, were paid to fill the room, a move that kept others from taking part. They arrived en masse some 90 minutes before the hearing began and occupied almost every available seat, upon which many promptly fell asleep."

It's hard to say if these accusations are true, especially since I wasn't there, but the blog features some interesting photos of sleeping audience members as well as this audio recording:

Save The Internet believes that Comcast's mission to take up seats and silence critics was successful:

"More than 100 people who arrived at the appointed time for the hearing were turned away by campus police because the room was already full."

02/25 2008 | 01:52 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The German Pirate Party only got 0.2 percent of the votes in Hamburg's state election this Sunday. Official results show that the party got a total of 1754 votes in the maritime town that is known for it's pirate history. The party would have needed more than 60.000 votes to actually get some of it's representatives into Hamburg's Buergerschaft, the local state parliament.

1754 votes also put the pirates behind other fringe groups like the neo-fascicst DVU (6342 votes / 0.8 percent) or the senior party (2406 votes / 0.3 percent). Even a party simply called "the party" that was founded by a German satire magazine got a few more votes (1945 / 0.3 percent) than the Pirate Party. More importantly, a result of 0.2 percent also means that the pirates won't receive any public financing to reimburse them for their election campaign costs.

This is the second major setback for the German Pirate Party. The party only secured 0.3 of the votes when it took part in the Hesse state election earlier this year.

02/23 2008 | 12:25 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
And you thought the TED conference was just a bunch of white guys talking amongst themselves: New York Times columnist David Pogue used his appearance at TED last year for a musical medley about Hollywood and the music industry that includes a Y.M.C.A. spoof about everyone's favorite music industry trade group. Here's a quick teaser:

"What a way to make friends, it's a plan that can't fail, all your customers off to jail."

David Pogue's articles will never be quite the same after watching this one ...


02/22 2008 | 05:03 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The debate about online video and Net Neutrality has thus far been dominated by the U.S., but now it seems to have finally caught on in the UK as well. Rapidly increasing usage of the BBC’s iPlayer has ISPs complaining as at least one company has reported that traffic for streaming video has doubled since the BBC officially introduced the iPlayer in late December.

Some UK ISPs are already calling for the BBC to bail them out, and the broadcaster is in fact looking at ISP-based caching solutions. Others want the government to step in, but this request comes with a unique twist: Britons don’t want any new regulation, but instead help with putting new cables into the ground. Continue reading at

02/22 2008 | 01:26 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
I've spend the better part of last night experimenting with Torrstream, a service that combines Bittorent and on the fly transcoding to make videos on your hard drive available on the web. Sadly, I just couldn't get it to work, but I decided to still blog about it because the idea is really neat.


Setting up your own video stream with Torrstream is pretty easy: You generate a torrent file with your favorite Bittorrent client using the Torrstream tracker and then upload this torrent file through the Torrstream web interface.


Torstream immediately starts to upload your video and gives you a unique URL plus a password to access the stream through your browser.


The site offers three different streaming video qualities and supposedly does all the transcoding on the fly, with no permanent copy of your movie being saved on its server.

Torrstream does show you a couple of movie trailers to give it some time to buffer, but it's supposed to start streaming after a few minutes. Unfortunately, that never happened when I tried the service. One reason might be that my DSL connection just doesn't have enough uploading capacity.

Torrstream recommends to upload with at least 100 KB and suggests to enlist friends to help out - something that I didn't try. I'd love to hear about your experiences with the service though.

02/21 2008 | 01:10 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Contrary to popular belief, not all movies swapped on file sharing networks are Hollywood blockbusters. There are quite a few sites out there that cater to indie and fringe cinema lovers, as I recently pointed out on Newteevee.

I just stumbled across another one: Films without families features works from Godard, Kusturica, Polanski and other acclaimed directors you won't find at your local blockbuster. The mission statement of the site is quite charming as well:

"Films Without Families offers you the chance to bring warmth and joy into the life of an unknown or abandoned film. By donating only a little bandwidth and a few hours of your time, you can make a difference!"

02/19 2008 | 05:16 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The European Union has invested 19 million euros in a research project aimed at using P2P for Internet television. The project, called P2P Next, is a cooperation among almost two dozen European academic institutions, broadcasters and electronics makers. The BBC, the European Broadcasting Union and Pioneer are some of its better-known members.

The goal of the project is to build an open-source solution that would include video-on-demand functionality as well as community features for a range of devices. Who knows, maybe this is even going to power the next generation of the BBC’s iPlayer? Continue reading at

02/18 2008 | 10:05 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
There have been a lot of articles about Comcast's FCC filing during the last few days - I took my own stab at it over at Newteevee - but no one really summed it up quite as well as Ed Felten. What follows is a short excerpt from his latest post on his Freedom to Tinker blog:

"What’s most remarkable here is that Comcast’s technical description of BitTorrent cites as evidence not a textbook, nor a standards document, nor a paper from the research literature, nor a paper by the designer of BitTorrent, nor a document from the BitTorrent company, nor the statement of any expert, but a speech by a member of Congress. Congressmembers know many things, but they’re not exactly the first group you would turn to for information about how network protocols work."

Felten goes on pointing out another instance of rather random expertise, calling the technical arguments the filing makes "flimsy", and wondering:

"Is this really the standard of technical argumentation in FCC proceedings?"

Read the whole article at Freedom to Tinker.

02/18 2008 | 12:26 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The popular Bittorrent news blog Torrentfreak has been down for the better part of the weekend, and here are already rumors spreading on Digg that the site might have been visited by the "MPAA and RIAA at the same time again and again", which is probably supposed to mean that it might have fallen victim to a DDOS attack.

The reality is lot less dramatic. I just talked to Torrentfreak editor Ernesto who told me that the server that Torrentfreak is hosted on suffered a motherboard failure. To add insult to injury, Torrentfreak's hosting company seems to have caused additional trouble, which is why Ernesto is currently migrating to a new hoster.

Of course, changing your web hosting company usually means updating your server's DNS records, so it could take a few additional hours until everybody will get access to the site again. Hold your breath.

Update: The site is back up, but it looks like the DNS propagation isn't complete yet. Right now I'm able to access, but not

02/17 2008 | 12:03 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The music industry lawsuit against Limewire has reached its deposition stage, with music industry lawyers deposing current and former Limewire team members. Former Limewire programmer and Last Bamboo co-founder Adam Fisk got questioned Friday.

Fisk is reporting on his blog that he got questioned for hours about more or less irrelevant details of his work at Limewire, only to get nailed by a few quotes he wrote a couple of months ago on the music industry mailing list Pho, that, taken out of context, could be read as an admission of the fact that Limewire was build to facilitate infringement. In his own words:

"They successfully pinned me down on this point with precise “yes” and “no” questions, as in “do you have any reason to think you did not write that statement.” I don’t think LimeWire actively sought to make money from infringing content. I think LimeWire was in large part a victim of its historical time, a time when the Internet was still a baby and when users were not savvy about producing and distributing their own works."

Obviously many users do infringe with Limewire, but that's not what the developers of the application orginally intended, says Fisk:

"When I started working at LimeWire, we were building the Lime Peer Server and planning how Gnutella would be used to search for everything from apartment listings to cars. Despite our best efforts, those plans never came to fruition."

This isn't the first time that discussions from the the Pho mailing list have been used in a file sharing lawsuit. Folks from Napster used to have spirited debates with RIAA representatives on the list back in 1999 - only to find their emails quoted as evidence in the case against the swapping service.

02/15 2008 | 12:09 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Rapidshare has announced that it is going to appeal a recent ruling of a German court that could have potentially forced the company to shut down its website. A Dusseldorf court ruled in January that Rapidshare has to block access to musical works from rights holders that are represented by the German music rights group Gema. The ruling included a mandate to "take measures that might have the risk of making Rapidshare's service substantially less attractive or even close it down completely."

The company has now told the German online magazine that it is going to appeal the ruling. "Rapidshare wants to clarify the legal situation for hosters", a representative told the magazine. She explained that there have been different rulings with sometimes contradictory requirements for file hosters in the past, and argued that it is impossible for Rapidshare to filter its uploads because files can be renamed, split up or saved in different formats.

Rapidshare's spokesperson also added that not all uploads of musical works were illegal, because music fans could use Rapidshare to make back-ups of their own MP3s for personal use without giving the links to anyone else.

Gema on the other hand told Netzwelt that it is in settlement negotiations with Rapidshare btut didn't want to comment on any details. It will be interesting to see if the two sides can actually agree on a solution.

02/14 2008 | 04:34 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The Pirate Bay got a new logo just in time for Valentine's Day:


The Bay's doodles page explains that "pirates are romantics". Because, you know, there's nothing more romantic than those Adult Friendfinder ads ... :)

02/14 2008 | 12:45 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The FCC’s inquiry into Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent has resulted in a new wave of unity among P2P companies, with competitors like BitTorrent, Vuze and Miro demanding enforceable rules against interference with P2P traffic. Representatives of all three ventures joined Free Press today in a press conference call, on which they made the case for Net Neutrality legislation.

Comcast, on the other hand, maintains that its interference with BitTorrent is reasonable and “fully consistent with sound principles of Net Neutrality,” as the company stated in its comments to the FCC. Comcast even tries to paint itself as a true defender of Net Neutrality, arguing that other P2P providers would suffer if BitTorrent was allowed to take over a network’s resources: “There is nothing ‘neutral’ about a network that is not managed,” the company claims. Continue reading at

02/13 2008 | 03:18 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Does piracy really threaten the video game industry, as the Entertainment Software Association seems to believe? Reflexive, publisher of PC game Ricochet Infinity recently crunched the numbers and shared them with the game industry publication Gamasutra. The results in a nutshell: Piracy is huge, the impact on actual sales not so much.

Reflexive's director of marketing Russell Carroll told Gamasutra that his company has to deal with a massive amount of piracy. In his own words:

"It looks like around 92% of the people playing the full version of Ricochet Infinity pirated it."

The company realized that they had to do something about this, so they started to tweak their digital rights management. Some counter-measures worked better than others, but the different updates gave Reflexive an unique opportunity to measure the impact of pirated copies on sales.

The results are surprising: For each 1000 pirated downloads the company prevented, it only sold one more legitimate copy. Gamasutra quotes Carroll with the words:

"Though that doesn’t make a 92% piracy rate of one of our banner products any less distressing, knowing that eliminating 50,000 pirated copies might only produce 50 additional legal copies does help put things in perspective."

Russell Carroll's guest column also provoked a lot of really insteresting responses from game industry insiders. Read the complete article and all the comments at

02/13 2008 | 11:10 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has filed a special report with the US Trade Representative about the effect of piracy on the video game industry. The report mentions a few areas that have been problematic for the industry for years, like physical piracy in Asia and Eastern Europe, but it especially emphasizes online piracy. An ESA press release states that "dramatic increases in online piracy in Europe and elsewhere threaten our industry’s growth".

And it's not just Europe in general.The ESA particularly has its eyes on Sweden, home of the Pirate Bay. From the press release:

"Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden are among the most problematic countries with respect to online piracy, particularly through the use of P-2-P protocols."

The ESA now wants the government to step in and pressure those countries into a more active stance against piracy. ESA's filing is part of a bigger effort by rights holders organizations to get more support from Washington.

02/12 2008 | 12:32 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
A Swiss court has finally ruled in the case against the admin and owner of the once popular Edonkey link site four years after the site got shut down by local authorities. The district court of Frauenburg found the admin, who used the pseudonym Simon Moon online, guilty of copyright infringement and ruled that he has to pay a total of 4700 Swiss francs, which is about 4250 US dollars. used to be one of the most popular sites for ED2K links. It attracted up to 250000 visitors per day, according to an interview with Moon from October 2004. Moon also revealed in that interview that he paid about 5000 dollars per month for the bandwidth of the site, which means that the total judgement is worth less than one month of Sharereactor's operating costs. briefly returned for a few weeks in 2006. Simon Moon published this statement when the site launched in September of 06:

"I have sold the domain over a month ago already. The new owner has now put it back online, with some of the old crew and some content. ShareReactor still is an ed2k website, and still features the same contents (and more) it was known for before. Since I have sold it, I Christian Riesen (aka Simon Moon) have no more connections to ShareReactor at all."

The return wasn't for long though. The site shut down a few weeks later because there wasn't much interest anymore in ED2K indexing since most people had switched to Bittorrent.

It now simply reads: "Host is under construction." The site is hosted on a server that also is home to a hand full of sites registered to or maintained by simon Moon's company "Riesen Industries", which, according to Swiss news outlets, is now operating from Canada.

02/11 2008 | 03:14 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The British tech start-up Skinkers is opening up the technical trial for its Livestation P2P platform today, promising to send out invites to anyone who signs up. Livestation is a P2P live-streaming client based on technology developed at Microsoft Research. The focus of the product hasn’t really been clear until now, but Skinkers CEO Matteo Berlucchi told me today that his company wants to establish Livestation as an aggregated news offering with broadcast-quality live feeds.

Skinkers has signed up a number of news broadcasters for this new beta testing period, ranging from Blooomberg to Al Jazeera, but not all of them are going to be available worldwide. A commercial launch with more channels and additional features is planed for the second half of this year. Continue reading at

02/11 2008 | 11:43 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The adult industry magazine XBiz staged another piracy roundtable event last week in Los Angeles in connection with its "XBiz Hollywood Conference", and it looks like the porn industry is getting closer towards starting its own lawsuit campaign against P2P users. Unlike a previous event, this roundtable was actually more of a traditional panel discussion, featuring representatives from various porn companies as well as adult biz representatives and adult entertainment lawyers.

Judging from a report on, the panel seemed to agree that piracy is a serious threat to the porn industry. XBiz quotes industry lawyer Greg Piccionelli with the words:

"We’re just around the corner from a complete collapse of the recorded adult entertainment market unless we do something about [piracy]."

One course of action that is getting more and more support are lawsuits against individual file sharers. Some in the biz seem to think that the RIAA's lawsuits, despite their lackluster results, are a great example of how to fight piracy. Piccionelli argued that the adult industry would be in an even better situation to enforce settlements with indivuduals because people won't like to admit that they downloaded porn.

The adult industry seems to be less united than the music business when it comes to fighting piracy though. One big issue of contention is that some companies buy advertising spots on torrent and Pornotube-like streaming sites.

In the center of this controversy is a company called Adult Friendfinder that is one of the biggest advertisers on many porn torrent trackers. XBiz reports that Andrew Stoddard, whose company Hush Hush entertainment is known for interesting title choices like "My Daughter's Fucking Blackzilla", confronted Adult Friendfinder representative Sean Christian with the following words:

"How do you sleep at night knowing you’re supporting people who take money out of my pocket?"

Christian responded by saying that his torrent sites represented some of the largest sources of traffic in the adult sector, and that others would buy those ad spots if his company didn't. Interesting about this controversy is the fact that Adult Friendfinder has some major backing within the industry itself: The company got bought by Penthouse for 500 million dollars in December.

02/10 2008 | 03:16 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Comcast, which underwent heavy criticism last year for blocking file-sharing services like BitTorrent, has reportedly been caught quietly changing its Terms of Service. Although Comcast has denied that they interfere with P2P, even in light of mounting evidence of the contrary, the new TOS notably acknowledges the use of “reasonable network management practices that are consistent with industry standards.”

“Industry standards.” A phrase like that kind of makes you wonder what other ISPs are doing, doesn’t it? We examined the Terms of Service of several of Comcast’s biggest competitors and found that provisions allowing interference with P2P traffic seems to be a standard part of ISPs’ legal boilerplate these days. And unlike Comcast, the competition is not shy about describing exactly what they want to do to stop P2P on their networks. Continue reading at

02/09 2008 | 12:22 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The folks from the Pirate Bay have written on their new court blog that the DNS blocking actions of a Danish ISP against their site have backfired: Traffic from Denmark actually has increased 12 percent, according to a recent blog entry.

People are also flocking to the new anti-censorship site that has been launched this week by The Pirate Bay to explain how to get around the block, but the Pirate Bay admins seem to think that most people figured out a way to get around the obstacle on their own already. From the Pirate Bay court blog:

"Our site is growing more because of the media attention than people actually coming to learn how to bypass the filter - our guess is that alot of the users on the site now run OpenDNS instead of the censoring DNS at"

Denmarks biggest ISP has been forced to block The Pirate Bay at the DNS level by a court order initiated by the Danish music industry. Court decisions like this one are an important part of the industry's new, aggressive strategy to force ISPs into proactively fighting piracy. It doesn't look like this strategy is working too well though. From the blog entry:

"We also started tracking some stats before and after the block. There’s no noticable difference between the number of users from before and after."

02/08 2008 | 05:18 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The number of sites offering legal torrents seems to be growing and growing: Recently launched aims to archive public domain movies, federal documents and other files that aren't tied up by traditional copyright restrictions.

worth archiving

From the site:

"We enjoy archiving legal torrents for movie downloads with expired copyrights, and With the help of our users, we preserve rare files that would otherwise cease to exist. Do you legally possess the last copy, or one of the last copies of a digital file? Share it today, and save it from extinction."

Makes it sound a little bit like saving the whales, doesn't it? The catalog of the site isn't too impressive right now, with many movies apparently just being taken from The legal status of some files also isn't too clear - but you gotta love a site that thinks it's worth to archive a digital copy of the Ikea catalog. :)

02/06 2008 | 01:26 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers just released lots of data on the effect piracy has on the Oscars, with details about every nominated movie since 2004. It’s a great resource for everyone wanting to dive into the nitty-gritty of pre- and post-release piracy. Here’s the nutshell version for the rest of us: most Oscar-nominated blockbusters are available on torrent sites in high-quality versions before the event itself, and many of them can be downloaded before members of the Academy receive their copy in the mail.

These results seem to be in stark contrast to Tim Wu’s findings, who recently scoured the net for Sundance films and then wrote about it for Slate. Wu’s search was fruitless, leading him to believe that “the online pirate world and the Sundance world are, as far as I can tell, separate domains.” Could it be that the world of online piracy has a short tail, neglecting niche and art-house films just like your local megaplex? Continue reading at

02/05 2008 | 11:25 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Digg founder Kevin Rose has been trying to capture part of the Twitter crowd with his social messaging and file sharing service Pownce, but Pownce hasn't really been able to make headways. Pownce has been getting some props for its file sharing features, but now file sharing is coming to Twitter: The web developers from just unveiled Twittershare - a mashup that combines free file hosting with Twitter messaging.


Twittershare offers Twitter users a web interface and a OS X dashboard widget with drag and drop capabilities to combine the typical SMS-style messages with individual file uploads. Uploaded files are hosted at and links to these files are then posted on Twitter. The maximum file size is ten megabytes.

The only feature that is still missing to catch up with Pownce is the capability to send files to select groups of users - but Twittershare is definitely a nice start for hardcore Twitter users that want to share a file every now and then.

02/04 2008 | 04:00 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Andy Plesser from interviewed Vuze head of strategy Jim Diaz recently, and Diaz gave some outlook on what we can expect from Vuze in the future:

"Obviously a lot of really interesting things, managing people's hard drives, DVR, all kinds of really cool functionality, that we will be building out along those lines."

Sounds a little bit like the kind of features Miro is already offering it's users - namely the option to allocate a set amount of hard drive space and delete videos after a certain time frame to free up space for new downloads. So it's nothing revolutionary, but Azureus / Vuze users will definitely benefit from it.

Diaz also used the interview to take a snipe at Joost, calling Vuze "Joost with an audience", but the numbers he quoted (4 million active registered users per month, but only 250.000 unique impressions? or video downloads?) have been questioned by at least one blog reader.

Watch the complete interview here.

02/03 2008 | 05:15 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The Isohunt admins have announced in their forum that they have received two Opteron 2352 CPUs from AMD for beta-testing purposes. The quad-core processors that aren't available for sale yet are now powering Isohunt's primary database server. From the site:

"We ran all of our web traffic for about 20 minutes earlier today on those CPUs without any issue, so they're certainly powerhouses."

The Opteron 2352 is a 2100 MHz quad-core processor. It was supposed to be introduced back in September last year, but a bug has been causing a major headache and has messed up the company's release schedule. The first servers with bug free quad-core Opterons are now expected to hit the market in April.

It's interesting to say the least that AMD would choose Isohunt as a beta tester for its CPUs. Isohunt has been sued by the MPAA for copyright infringement in early 2006. It's owners decided defend themselves in court rather than closing down. Isohunt has recently hinted at moving towards licensed content.

The site is one of the largest torrent indexing platforms. It's currently indexing 938616 torrents from 57697 trackers - enough to give the AMD processors a good workout.

(via Sunny Talks Tech)

02/02 2008 | 01:29 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Benn Jordan, also known under his electronica moniker The Flashbulb, has uploaded copies of his newest album "Soundtrack To A Vacant Life" to, The Pirate Bay and other torrent trackers in order to bypass the ineffective means of traditional distribution.


The album download comes complete with an info file that addresses the readers with "hello listener...downloader...pirate...pseudo-criminal...", and then continues:

"If you can read this, then you've more than likely downloaded this album from a peer to peer network or torrent. You probably expect the rest of this message to tell you that you're hurting musicians and breaking just about every copyright law in the book. Well, it won't tell you that."

Instead, Jordan emphasizes with downloaders, asking why anybody would bother to buy CDs anyway anymore in the age of iPods and MP3-filled hard disks. Jordan believes the answer is that people still like to support their favorite artists, but that they really don't have the right options to do so.

"Want to buy a CD just to show your support? If you don't particularly like CDs, don't bother. Retailers like Best Buy and Amazon spike the price so high that their cut is often 8 times higher than the artist's. Besides, most CDs are made out of unrecyclable plastic and leave a nasty footprint in your environment."

Jordan hopes that his newfound file-sharing fans will instead donate, and maybe buy his and other albums as FLAC downloads directly from his label's website. He won't reveal how many people have donated so far, but first reactions seem to be encouraging. The download has been promoted to the front page of, and the site's admins actively encourage their users to donate.

Jordan doesn't seem to be too sure that his experiment will pay out, but he believes that new models like these are inevitable and that holding on to the old ways of doing business will actually increase piracy. From his blog:

"Record labels aren’t meeting the demands of their customers. That’s why music piracy is destroying the music industry. No matter how many people you sue, how many torrent sites you take down, or how many idiotic methods you come up with to protect the date (Key2Audio, DRM, etc)…people will always prevail at doing what they want to do. At some point the industry needs to come to grips with that fact that their business model is changing, and they have to devise new business plans inside the parameters of the situation. I don’t think donation is the long-term answer, but it is hell of a lot better than pretending 85% of your audience doesn’t exist."

02/02 2008 | 12:11 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Swedish authorities have charged the founders of The Pirate Bay with the crime of aiding copyright infringement, claiming that they make more than $4 million dollars per year through the operation. Named in the indictment are the site’s co-founders — Peter Sunde, Hans Fredrik Neij and Per Svartholm Warg — as well as a fourth person that doesn’t quite seem to fit the profile of the young, rebellious pirate: Carl Lundstrom, millionaire heir of the Swedish Wasabröd empire and new economy magnate who is also actively involved in Swedish far-right politics.

Lundstrom’s role in the history of The Pirate Bay has always been a point of contention. The Bay’s founders have admitted that Lundstrom initially helped them out with servers and bandwidth, but prosecutors now want to make the case that he has had a much closer relationship to the site. Continue reading at