Copyright Industry Hails Rare Court Victory
Statements from The Progress & Freedom Foundation, Copyright Alliance, MPAA, IFPI and Swedish Independent Music Producers Association
"This verdict, sentence, and damage award delivers a simple message about the activities of the Pirate Bay: 'Good riddance to bad rubbish.' I commend Sweden for upholding the rule of law, and urge it to act swiftly to terminate the site's illegal activities."
"This verdict is also an affirmation of the rights of the hard-working, law-abiding creators whose efforts to help both American and European economies escape from global recession were being undermined by the sort of socially destructive freeloading encouraged by sites like the Pirate Bay and the distributors of piracy-adapted file-sharing programs. This verdict also shows that civilized nations can and should enforce copyright owners' exclusive right to make their works available over interactive networks like the Internet."
"American prosecutors should also note that the Swedish court stated that this "crime has been committed in a commercial and organized form." U.S. law provides powerful tools that can halt organized commercial crime and dismember criminal syndicates. It is high time to deploy those tools against distributors and operators of piracy-adapted programs and sites."
Tom Sydnor, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Property at The Progress & Freedom Foundation
"We at the Copyright Alliance welcome enthusiastically the steps taken by the Swedish court system against four defendants in the Pirate Bay case. Jail time and a significant payment of damages are entirely appropriate, given the sweeping harm the defendants' illegal file-sharing operation has done to creators from numerous creative industries.
"We also recognize that this struggle -- against those who would seek to coordinate and enable on a massive scale the theft of creators' rights -- is ongoing. This court action will not bring to an end massive illegal file-sharing. But it is critically important for creators to continue to fight for their rights, and to applaud legal systems that seek to uphold their rights.
"The most important step creators can take is to continue to educate consumers on the indispensable role copyright plays in the creation of the works that are so valued on these infringing networks. Most consumers recognize that creators have rights, and that those rights empower creators to create. Those consumers also welcome the increasing array of creator-sanctioned, legal opportunities to access creative works. With continued vigilance on the legal front and continued outreach on the educational front, creators and consumers both win."
Copyright Alliance Executive Director Patrick Ross
"We welcome the court's decision today because The Pirate Bay is a source of immense damage to the creative industries in Sweden and internationally. This is an important decision for rights-holders, underlining their right to have their creative works protected against illegal exploitation and to be fairly rewarded for their endeavors. This decision will help to support the continued investment in talent and in new online services, and the creation of new films and television shows for enjoyment by audiences around the world."
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman
"The trial of the operators of The Pirate Bay was about defending the rights of creators, confirming the illegality of the service and creating a fair environment for legal music services that respect the rights of the creative community. Today's verdict is the right outcome on all three counts. The court has also handed down a strong deterrent sentence that reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed. This is good news for everyone, in Sweden and internationally, who is making a living or a business from creative activity and who needs to know their rights will protected by law."
IFPI Chairman and CEO, John Kennedy
"The court has delivered a simple and clear judgement, which is that people and businesses engaged in creative activities have the fundamental right to be rewarded for their work and to be protected from massive copyright violators like Pirate Bay. The criminal conviction of the Pirate Bay operators will not only hearten the music and film community - it is also a huge shot in the arm for legitimate producers and entrepreneurs, who are trying to create a thriving legitimate online business based on proper respect of copyright. The court has also understood that a criminal conviction in itself is not enough, and that if creators' rights are going to properly protected, a deterrent sentence was needed reflecting the seriousness of the crime."
Ludvig Werner, Chairman of IFPI Sweden
"This a great verdict for Sweden's independent music labels which are trying to build their business by licensing legitimate services and getting it to fans in the way they want. The Pirate Bay has no place in this legitimate business and the court has made that clear. They had no respect for creators or artists or the labels who invest in them. This was the right verdict and the whole creative should be happy with the outcome."
Jonas Sjöström, Chairman of SOM (Svenska Obereoende Musikproducenter/Swedish Independent Music Producers Association)
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» Statement From MPAA Chairman And CEO Dan Glickman On Pirate Bay Verdict