File-Sharing Site's Co-Founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg Arrested For 2009 Conviction

Date:2012/9/4Author:Cassidy Hu

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a founder of the popular file-sharing Web  site Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faced a sentence of one-year prison for violating copyright laws, the authorities said on Monday.

The Cambodian authorities arrested Gottfrid Svartholm Warg on Thursday at a place he rented there in the capital, said Kirth Chantharith, a spokesman for the national police.

"He is being detained in Cambodia and we are waiting to expel him," Mr. Chantharith said. Cambodia has no extradition treaty with Sweden but has requested details of Mr. Svartholm Warg's crime in order to process his transfer, he said, adding that Cambodia would act as quickly as possible.

A Swedish court in 2009 convicted Mr. Svartholm Warg and the site's three other founders that they had assisted copyright infringement by helping millions of the site's users to illegally download music, movies and computer games.

All were sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay 30 million kronor (about $3.6 million at that time) to entertainment companies, including Warner Brothers, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures.

Mr. Svartholm Warg did not show up at an appeal hearing in 2010. At the time, his lawyer told the court that he had received text messages from Mr. Svartholm Warg's mother saying that her son had fallen ill in Cambodia and would not appear in court.

All four defendants denied the charges, arguing that the Pirate Bay did not actually host any copyright-protected material itself. Instead, it provided a forum for users to download content through so-called torrent files. The technology allowed users to transfer parts of a large file from several users, increasing download speeds.

Mr. Chantharith said a group of Swedish officials had been scheduled to reach Cambodia on Monday or Tuesday to present documents about the case and discuss procedures of sending back Mr. Svartholm Warg.

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