17th April 2009
The Swedish and international music industry today welcomed the judgment by the Swedish court against the operators of The Pirate Bay.
Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, said:

“This is music to the ears of the thousands of small independents and artists who produce the majority of new releases today. It demonstrates a real understanding of the dilemma that if no one pays for music today who will make the exciting new music of tomorrow?”

Jonas Sjöström, Chairman of SOM (Svenska Obereoende Musikproducenter/Swedish Independent Music Producers Association),said:
“This a great verdict for Sweden’s independent music labels which are trying to build their business by licensing legitimate services and getting it to fans in the way they want.  The Pirate Bay has no place in this legitimate business and the court has made that clear. They had no respect for creators or artists or the labels who invest in them.  This was the right verdict and the whole creative should be happy with the outcome.”

IFPI Chairman and CEO, John Kennedy, said:

“The trial of the operators of The Pirate Bay was about defending the rights of creators, confirming the illegality of the service and creating a fair environment for legal music services that respect the rights of the creative community. Today’s verdict is the right outcome on all three counts. The court has also handed down a strong deterrent sentence that reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed.  This is good news for everyone, in Sweden and internationally, who is making a living or a business from creative activity and who needs to know their rights will protected by law.”
Ludvig Werner, Chairman of IFPI Sweden, said:

“The court has delivered a simple and clear judgement, which is that people and businesses engaged in creative activities have the fundamental right to be rewarded for their work and to be protected from massive copyright violators like Pirate Bay.  The criminal conviction of the Pirate Bay operators will not only hearten the music and film community  – it is also a huge shot in the arm for legitimate producers and entrepreneurs, who are trying to create a thriving legitimate online business based on proper respect of copyright.  The court has also understood that a criminal conviction in itself is not enough, and that if creators’ rights are going to properly protected, a deterrent sentence was needed reflecting the seriousness of the crime.”
Ger Hatton, Secretary General, ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers), said :

“Song writers and publishers all over the world are dependent on having their rights protected by law. We are pleased to see an appropriate judgment making it clear that it is not acceptable to run a business based on the violation of the rights and livelihood of creators.”