The IFPI has announced that it demands $2.5 million from the Pirate Bay in the upcoming court case, to cover the damages they suffered from 24 music albums that were made available on the popular BitTorrent tracker.
Pirate Bay’s Brokep was not impressed by the claims from IFPI and said: “I thought April fools day was tomorrow. We should send IFPI an invoice instead. All studies show that downloading generates more revenue when it comes to music. Downloaders also consume music in other ways and generate more revenue in total.”
The $2.5 million IFPI asks for, represent the lost revenue for every download. Interesting detail, all the (leaked) albums that were shared before they were available in stores are counted twice. They could have quadrupled it if they wanted to, the damages are not based on research anyway.
This January, prosecutor HÃ¥kan Roswall had already asked the court for a $188,000 fine for four individuals – Fredrik Neij (“TiAMO”), Gottfrid Svartholm (“Anakata”), Peter Sunde (“Brokep”) and businessman Carl LundstrÃ¶m. The MPA and AntipiratbyrÃ¥n, the other two parties involved in the case are expected to file damages later.
The legal investigation into the Pirate Bay started almost two years ago, after the controversial raid on the Pirate Bay in May 2006. At the time the Swedish police confiscated 180 servers, most of which had nothing to do with the BitTorrent tracker. Last December the investigation finally came to an end, resulting in 4,000 pages of legal paperwork.
It will probably take a while before the case actually goes to court. Anita Thimberg from the Stockholm district court has said earlier that the case is likely to be delayed until after the summer due to its “complexity”.