Police have closed down The Pirate Bay, a Sweden-based file sharing site and one of the most popular websites of its kind in the world.
Three people were taken in for questioning after police raids in Sweden on Wednesday. The trio, ages 22, 24 and 28, are suspected of violating property rights legislation, police spokesman Ulf Göranzon said.
Servers connected to the site have been impounded and the site was down on Wednesday afternoon, although the operators of The Pirate Bay have set up a temporary website to provide updates on the situation.
Some fifty policemen and women were involved in raids on ten homes and offices in Sweden.
The three men taken in by police were still being questioned on Wednesday afternoon. They all have links to The Pirate Bay. Prosecutors will decide whether to detain the men after they have been questioned.
"The suspects are not people who download files, but are people who have relations to the website," Ulf Göranzon told The Local.
He would not reveal anything more about the roles that the men played.
Police have been monitoring the website and the men behind it for some time. Computers were taken during raids on the men's homes and offices to secure evidence.
"We are now going to look at how the operation is structured," Göranzon said.
"At the moment we are talking to lots of people about this case. We are still at a very early stage in our investigations," he said.
He would not reveal whether police had their eyes on further suspects.
Rickard Falkvinge of the Pirate Party, which campaigns in favour of file sharing, said that the police had "set aside the rule of law".
"Which company would have put up with this treatment? Which company would put up with the police coming and cutting off the entire operation before it was proven that it was guilty of something criminal," asked Falkvinge.
"In this case, Pirate Bay has not committed any crime. Sure, they are disliked by large American media interests, but it is actually not a crime to be disliked, and definitely not a reason for the Swedish police to shut down one of the world's most prominent meeting places for young people."
But Henrik Pontén, lawyer at Antipiratbyrån (The Anti-Pirate Bureau) in Stockholm, welcomed the move to close down the site.
"It is good that the Swedish police are now prioritising this kind of crime. The copyright laws finance creativity within film, computer gaming, music and other culture," said Pontén.
"People who break copyright laws steal from the creators and movie-watching public of the future. The closure of The Pirate Bay is therefore good for all of us who enjoy new film and entertainment."
ouch my meaghurtz had beens stoled !
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It looks like it might be some attention grabbing politicians in this one. Hopefully this is only temporary.
"I don't make promises, I make threats" - Some yelling black lady