The quartet behind peer-to-peer site The Pirate Bay have been found guilty of breaking copyright law and each has been jailed for a year.
The four, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, were also ordered them to pay around 30 million Swedish kronor (£2.4 million) in damages, less than the 117 million kronor that movie, music and gaming companies had asked for.
Most experts had predicted a guilty verdict, and also that the punishment would not be as harsh as the prosecutor had wanted. They also expect that the verdict won't affect The Pirate Bay site, which has been moved abroad.
The case is now expected to move to the high court. Both sides have three weeks to file a written appeal.
The verdict in the Stockholm district court has been a long time coming. Swedish police raided the company that hosted The Pirate Bay servers in May 2006; charges where then filed in January 2008, and the trial in the Stockholm district court ended on 3 March after some of the original charges being dropped.
The people behind The Pirate Bay haven't exactly kept a low profile since the trial ended. Recently, the group launched IPREDator, a network service that makes people online more anonymous by using a VPN. It vows to protect users to protect users from prying eyes, and no data or logs will be saved, according to the service's website.
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