Sweden sues The Pirate Bay for copyright infringement

January 31, 2008

News:  Sweden has charged four individuals related to the website The Pirate Bay with copyright infringement.  They reportedly are the operators or financiers of the site:  Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom.   (More)

Analysis:  From the description, The Pirate Bay helps people find movies/songs being shared through BitTorrent by locating the files and providing links to them.  I haven’t explored the site myself, but it does sound at least somewhat like Napster.  Not sure if it has a centralized index of titles stored on its servers (like Napster did), but it helps to locate unauthorized files of third parties.  By the write-up on Wikipedia, The Pirate Bay seems committed to leading a movement for online file sharing and against the traditional copyright approach.