Peter Sunde arriving at the court of appeals in 2010. Photo: Scanpix
File sharing case

Pirate Bay founder seeks government pardon

One of the founders of the Swedish file sharing website the Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, has asked to be pardoned by the Swedish government.

The Svea court of appeals sentenced Sunde to eight months' in prison for promoting copyright infringment in November 2010.

In February, the Supreme Court announced it would not be hearing the case against the Pirate Bay founders.

Sunde was to start serving his prison sentence on Wednesday, but decided instead to ask to be pardoned by the government.

In a letter to the justice ministry, Sunde's legal representative cited health issues and work on a new website for micropayments, Flattr, as reasons.

Sunde's three co-founders, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström, have all been sentenced to prison along with Sunde.

In addition, all four were ordered to pay nearly $US 7 million worth of damages to the film- and music industries.

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