PirateBay Sues Entertainment Companies
Entertainment companies have been playing with fire and now might get burnt in court. The funny thing is the controversial torrent site PirateBay is the one holding the legal torch.
September 24, 2007
The recent MediaDefender email leak enabled all the interested parties to get hold of sensitive information. The 700MB of internal company e-mail now flows freely on the Internet and it's bound to create a lot of trouble for the company.
One of the first to take advantage of the situation was torrent site PirateBay, which now claims that it has the means to take several companies to court. An entry on the site's blog section reads:
“Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.
While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police. The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level.”
It remains to be seen if such a lawsuit stands a chance in court, given the nature of the evidence. Still, if the case case goes through, it should be worth watching, no matter the verdict.
Up till now there are ten companies scheduled to appear in court:
- Twentieth Century Fox, Sweden AB
- Emi Music Sweden AB
- Universal Music Group Sweden AB
- Universal Pictures Nordic AB
- Paramount Home Entertainment (Sweden) AB
- Atari Nordic AB
- Activision Nordic Filial Till Activision (Uk) Ltd
- Ubisoft Sweden AB
- Sony Bmg Music Entertainment (Sweden) AB
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic AB