STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish prosecutors have launched a new attempt to close down the popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, asking a court to block internet addresses used to access the site.
The Pirate Bay, one of the world’s biggest file-sharing sites, allows individuals to download movies, music and games without paying. The global entertainment industry has repeatedly tried to block its activities.
Swedish prosecutors have asked the court to de-register the domain names “piratebay.se” and “thepiratebay.se”. Sweden’s Internet Infrastructure Foundation registers and administers the country’s “.se” internet addresses.
“They have been used as a means to commit crime,” prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad said on Wednesday.
“There is a significant criminal copyright infringement which causes a great deal of damage to many.”
The Pirate Bay uses a domain name registered in Sint Maarten, a Dutch territory in the Caribbean. The Internet Infrastructure Foundation said de-listing the “.se” domain names would not stop people using the site.
“People who want to use the site would get to it anyway,” Maria Ekelund, a spokeswoman for the Foundation, said.
In 2009, a court in Sweden - where The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003 - fined and sentenced to jail three men then behind the site for breaching copyright in a case brought by firms including Sony Universal Music and EMI.
The site continued to operate after the convictions, despite police seizing the servers used by The Pirate Bay. The site is now run by an unknown group.
Reporting by Simon Johnson; Editing by Janet Lawrence