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Pirate Bay founder requests clemency in eleventh hour

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 May 2012 18:45 User comments (2)

Pirate Bay founder requests clemency in eleventh hour After being convicted in 2009 and losing appeals, the time has finally come for the founders of the infamous torrent tracker The Pirate Bay to "do their time" in prison.
Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neik will all likely face jail time in the Västervik Norra facility in Sweden while the fourth founder, Carl Lundström, will spend the next eight months under house arrest in his Stockholm apartment.

One of those men, Peter Sunde, was supposed to begin his sentence this week but has postponed his plight in the eleventh hour, filing a plea with the Swedish government requesting clemency, citing health concerns. Additionally, Sunde says he fears for the future of his micro-payment business, Flattr.

Without his presence, the company would lose its place in the market, reads Sunde's plea: "The idea for the company came from Peter himself, and he has a tremendous commitment to it. Peter's name and reputation in the industry will open many doors. The company has received a substantial amount of risk capital which has mostly been used to develop the product. After about two years development, the product is now basically ready to begin shipping to partners and large sites. A prerequisite for further development is that Peter is left on the company."

Co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm has disappeared and missed the beginning of his sentence in January.

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2 user comments

111.5.2012 21:22

Ahh, now I know why all the prisons are overcrowded in the E.U, It's from putting people in prison for non-violent crimes while the murderers and rapists get early release for good behaviour.

Believe it or not, here in Ireland, more people are being put in prison each week for not paying their TV licence while hardened criminals are released early into society.

The pirate-bay cannot be torn down, nor can it be eradicated from the net as it is an integral part of it.

Putting people like this in jail is going to cost the citizen/taxpayers more money to look after them with food/shelter and all the rest. In my opinion these people should only get a small fine and be let go because they are not a harm to the populace. Prison is for people that harm or attack other human beings, but not for this.


212.5.2012 14:17

Originally posted by stardata:
Putting people like this in jail is going to cost the citizen/taxpayers more money to look after them with food/shelter and all the rest. In my opinion these people should only get a small fine and be let go because they are not a harm to the populace. Prison is for people that harm or attack other human beings, but not for this.
A typical example of a society (all of us that claim "we're oh so much better than...) that has bullshat ourselves into believing that nonexistent/virtual crime is actually tangible.

Some have even argued that the whole penal system has turned people who weren't violent criminals 'into' that very thing. So hypocritical are those that invented this system, are the very people who can't be told their too arrogant that they're being victimized by it.

Idiots...

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