The Pirate Bay, international engine of illegal file-sharing, is shut down by Swedish police
Recording industry welcomes crackdown on the notorious BitTorrent search index
London, 31 May, 2006
The international recording industry today hailed action by the Swedish police to shut down The Pirate Bay, which claims to be the world's largest BitTorrent search index and a huge source of internet piracy globally.
Today's action saw raids by 50 police officers on 10 separate locations across Sweden. Police collected evidence and have detained three individuals for questioning.
The Pirate Bay, available in 25 language versions, has been large-scale engine of copyright theft of movies, music, audio books, televisions broadcasts, games and software. The site boasted one million visits a day, facilitating the downloading of a vast range of copyrighted material by users around the world and acting as a tracker for the world's top 100 BitTorrent sites.
The Pirate Bay has consistently defied legal warnings by copyright holders over recent months, its Swedish operators making no secret of their contempt for copyright laws. The site was nonetheless a commercially-run operation, running banner advertising on its pages.
Today's police actions followed the submission of several reports by IFPI, working alongside the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau and MPA.
IFPI Sweden Director-General Lars Gustafsson said: "The Pirate Bay has been facilitating illegal file-swapping of copyrighted material on very large scale and with blatant disregard for both music creators and copyright laws. This is a very good development for the Swedish music industry and for the real innovators and entrepreneurs who are trying to build a legal online digital business"
Chairman and CEO John Kennedy said: "This is a very important development for Sweden, a country with a fantastically rich music culture yet which has more recently acquired a reputation as a haven for copyright infringement. The Pirate Bay has damaged the legitimate music industry on an international scale and I am very pleased that the Swedish authorities have today taken such decisive action against it."
Note to editors:
IFPI is the organisation that promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. Its membership comprises over 1400 major and independent companies in more than 70 countries. It also has affiliated industry national groups in 48 countries. IFPI's mission is to fight music piracy; promote fair market access and good copyright laws; help develop the legal conditions and the technologies for the recording industry to prosper in the digital era; and to promote the value of music.