Pirate Bay’s Sunde arrested in Sweden

File-sharing advocate caught after two years on the run from Interpol

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Pirate Bay’s Sunde arrested in Sweden Sunde and others started Pirate Bay in 2003. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 1, 2014

Peter Sunde, co-founder of peer-to-peer file-sharing site Pirate Bay, has been arrested in Sweden after two years on the run from Interpol, Reuters reported.

"We have been looking for him since 2012," said Carolina Ekeus, speaking on behalf of the Swedish National Police Board and referring to Sunde's sentence for copyright breach. "He was given eight months in jail so he has to serve his sentence."

Four men were sentenced in Sweden's Pirate Bay case, each receiving 12 months jail time and a fine of SEK32m ($4.8m). The custodial sentences were reduced on appeal by varying amounts, but the fines were increased to SEK46m ($6.9m).

"He is extremely talented and I still think that the judgment was wrong," Sunde's defence counsel Peter Althin was quoted as saying by Swedish news service TT.

"It's about being on the cutting edge if one is going to be successful... But if one is too far ahead it is not always about success. Peter fought for file-sharing and in 10 years I think it goes without saying that file-sharing for one's own needs will be allowed."

Pirate Bay began operating in 2003 and Swedish media businesses subsequently took the company to court claiming damages for lost revenue. Pirate Bay continues to run, but is now registered in the Seychelles and owned by a different legal entity.

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