Svea appeals court announces the verdict: Ulrika Ihrfelt, reporter of the case and Kristina Boutz, president of the court. Photo: Jessica Gow / Scanpix
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Appeals court upholds Pirate Bay verdict

3:28 min

A Swedish appeals court has upheld the convictions of three of the defendants in the Pirate Bay trial.

While the three have had their prison sentences reduced, their fines have been increased.

Fredrik Neij sentenced has been reduced ten months, Peter Sunde to eight months and Carl Lundström, who helped finance the site, to four months in prison. They had all been sentenced to one year’s imprisonment by the district court.

The three defendants now say they will appeal to the Supreme Court.

A fourth man, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, will be tried on a separate day, as he was to ill to attend this hearing.

Music on-line expert Daniel Johansson of the Royal Swedish Institute of Technology says he is not surprised over the court ruling.

The appeals court has ruled that the Pirate Bay has facilitated illegal file sharing, and that it has been proven that the three men have been involved in this operation.

The sum of damages they must pay has been increased to US$ 6.5 million, that´'s two million dollars more than the original sum.

Ludvig Werner, head of the record industry association Ifpi, has welcomed the outcome. He tells the TT news agency that he hopes other sites like the Pirate Bay will be affected by the verdict. And he says that the raising of the level of the fine is a "very clear signal"

"This is totally wrong" says Peter Sunde to news agency TT. "This is just a complete and utter waste." Sunde adds that he and the other defendants had expected to be cleared by the appeal court.

Monique Wadsted, lawyer for the US film companies, is pleased with the result, and that the damages have been significantly increased. "In two years this kind of piracy will be finished. After this kind of verdict, and when all the trail blazers have become older and settled down, there won't be piracy on this scale any more."

Two of the accused: Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij. Photo: Anders Wiklund / SCANPIX
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