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Pirate Bay Turns to European Court

Roger Wallis and his wife Görel were inundated with flowers after his Pirate Bay trial testimony

The ongoing trial against four men linked with the Pirate Bay file-sharing website might be delayed by several years. The defence is considering asking the court for a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

The Pirate Bay lawyers say the site is a service provider, and as such should be covered by EU directives which say deliverers of services are not responsible for the content of the services they provide. Should the Stockholm district court turn to Brussels, the determination of the case could be delayed by as much as two years.

Meanwhile, after composer and media researcher Roger Wallis testified on behalf of the defence Thursday, his family has been inundated by flowers from Pirate Bay supporters. Wallis, who is a professor emeritus at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, disputed the music industry’s claims that it loses money because of illegal downloading.

When the court asked the expert witness if he wanted any compensation, Roger Wallis just said flowers could be sent to his wife. According to press reports, bouquets worth more than 3 thousand dollars had arrived at their apartment by Thursday evening.

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