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The Pirate Bay’s Swedish domain dispute to go to Supreme Court

By | Published on Monday 20 June 2016

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The Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij is trying to take the long-running case over the file-sharing site’s Swedish domain to the country’s Supreme Court.

As previously reported, the Swedish authorities have been trying to seize control of thepiratebay.se for some time. Its initial attempts led to the Bay jumping to an assortment of since suspended alternative domains, while a recent ruling in the Swedish Court Of Apple resulted in the piracy operation making thepiratebay.org its primary domain once again, leading to new action in the US to have that seized too.

But thepiratebay.se has continued to work throughout, as attempts to seize it have been caught up in various legal wranglings. The latest wrangling is Neij’s attempt to take the matter to a final stage of appeal.

Initially Neij seemed annoyed that he was named in this case at all, arguing that he hadn’t been involved in The Pirate Bay for some time, that he had transferred the domains in question to another party, and therefore he shouldn’t be listed as a defendant.

Given Neij has previously served time for his involvement in the copyright infringing website, it seemed likely that a key worry for the Pirate Bay co-founder was that the latest domain action implied he was still involved in the site in some way.

Although, according to Torrentfreak, Neij’s latest legal filing focuses more on specific technicalities in the court rulings on this issue so far, with regard to the legal status of domains and the people who register them.

Either way, if the Supreme Court does agree to hear this latest appeal – which it doesn’t have to – it could mean thepiratebay.se working for some time yet.



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