Pirate Bay activists lose court appeal in Sweden

Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:47am EST
 
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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling against three men behind file sharing website Pirate Bay, cutting their prison sentences and raising the fine.

A lower court had last year sentenced four men linked to what is one of the world's biggest file sharing websites to one year in jail and a fine of 32 million crowns ($4.57 million).

The Svea appeals court said in a statement it had reduced the prison sentences by varying degrees, but raised the fine to 46 million crowns ($6.57 million).

The new judgment related only to three men as a fourth was ill and could not take part in the proceedings, the court said.

Despite the court proceedings, the website has so far continued to function.

(Reporting by Simon Johnson, writing by Patrick Lannin)