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European Court rejects Pirate Bay appeal

Published onsdag 13 mars 2013 kl 18.26
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A Swedish court's verdict against Pirate Pay-founders Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi and Fredrik Neij did not constitute a violation of the right to freedom of expression, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

The cofounders of the file-sharing site lodged a complaint with the Strasbourg-based court in June 2012 after being sentenced to eight months imprisonment and hefty fines by the Stockholm District Court in April 2009 for copyright crimes.

Sunde Kolmisoppi and Neij argued that they could not be held responsible for people's use of the website, which was set up to facilitate the exchange of online files.

The European Court agreed that sharing online files was protected under the freedom of expression clause, but ruled that the Swedish court had rightly balanced the right of users to exchange information with the need to protect copyrights.

The court ruled that the sentencing was appropriate.

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