Per Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (born 17 October 1984), alias anakata, is a Swedish computer specialist, well known as the co-founder of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay together with Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde. He has also created the tracker software Hypercube (open source software under no specific license) which was used to run The Pirate Bay web site and tracker.
On 31 January 2008, The Pirate Bay operators — Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström (CEO of The Pirate Bay’s former ISP) — were charged with “promoting other people’s infringements of copyright laws”. The trial began on 16 February 2009. On 17 April 2009, Sunde and his co-defendants were found to be guilty of “assisting in making copyright content available” Each defendant was sentenced to one year in prison and they were ordered to pay damages of 30 million SEK (approximately €3,390,317 or US$4,222,980), to be apportioned between the four defendants. The defendants lawyers have appealed to the Svea Court of Appeal together with a request for a retrial in the district court because of the recent suspicion of bias on behalf of judge Tomas Norström. Under Swedish law, the verdict is not lawful until all appeals have been processed.
As of 20 April 2009, Svartholm is the subject of an investigation by Swedish prosecutors looking into his role in The Student Bay, a file sharing site specializing in academic texts. Svartholm claims he had no knowledge of the site. The site was reported by the Swedish Association for Educational Writers in December 2008 claiming it violated copyright law.
In October 2009, Stockholm District Court ordered that Svartholm is banned from operating the Pirate Bay, despite the facts that he was no longer living in Sweden, and the Pirate Bay was no longer located there.
In October 2011, a Swedish court ordered that Svartholm be jailed for not attending a court appearance.
On 30 August 2012, at the request of Swedish authorities, Svartholm was arrested by Cambodian police in the capital Phnom Penh, where he had been living for several years. Cambodia has no extradition treaty with Sweden, but Cambodian police spokesman Kirth Chantharith told the AFP news agency “we’ll look into our laws and see how we can handle this case”. Subsequently, Cambodian police were reported stating that the Swedish government had requested that Gottfried be deported in connection with “a crime related to information technology”.
Write him at:
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg
Att: Jens Jørgensen
1567 København V
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