- Pirate Bay co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm
(pictured below, left) and Peter Sunde
arrive for their trial at Stockholm's city court on February 16, 2009.
Pirate Bay co-founders Svartholm, Sunde, Fredrik Neij
and Carl Lundstrom
were charged by a Swedish prosecutor with conspiracy to break copyright law and being an accessory.
A number of companies, including SonyBMG, are asking for damages of over $12 million to cover lost revenues.
To quote: A copyright test case involving one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites that could help music and film companies recoup millions of dollars in lost revenues started on Monday in Stockholm.
Four men linked to The Pirate Bay were charged early last year by a Swedish prosecutor with conspiracy to break copyright law and related offences.
Companies including Warner Bros., MGM, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox Films, Sony BMG, Universal and EMI are also asking for damages of more than 100 million crowns ($12 million) to cover lost revenues.
Sites like The Pirate Bay allow people to download songs, movies and computer games without paying and the trial is being closely watched to see to what extent the entertainment industry can protect copyright against Internet users.