Early this morning, Peter Sunde, co-founder of the Pirate Bay, glumly tweeted a "leaked" verdict, indicating that things didn't look good for the four Swedish shipmates. Shortly after came the official word: Guilty.
After a decidedly entertaining trial replete with posturing, theatrics and serious cockiness, the four co-founders of the torrent site were found to have been accessories to copyright infringement, each face a year in prison, and must pay $US3.5m in damages to Sony, Warner Bros, Columbia Pictures and others.
Although he could be going to jail soon, Sunde is still quick to make a joke:
Really, it's a bit LOL. It used to be only movies, now even verdicts are out before the official release.
Ha? However, his casualness might be warranted, as the appeals process—which could bring the case all the way to the Swedish Supreme Court—is expected to stretch out for years. As for what will happen to the site? Sunde reassures:
Stay calm - Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing what so ever. This is just a theatre for the media.
This hasn't been the best week for pirates, really. [TheLocal —Thanks, Jonathan!]