Tune in to this week’s episode of ‘The Pirate Bay’, a popular drama based on the once notorious file-sharing site. This time, one of the co-founders of the site has been arrested in the Cambodian Capital of Phnom Penh and will be deported back to Sweden after going AWOL earlier in the year.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg failed to show up for the start of a one-year jail term in his native Sweden in April this year after losing an appeal against conviction for copyright theft.
Following the appeal, all of the site’s co-founders had their one-year jail terms reduced to between four and ten months, with Carl Lundstrom eventually serving his sentence under house arrest. The founders were all ordered to pay almost £4m in damages and the Swedish court decided to uphold Warg’s sentence as a result of his no-show to the appeal hearing.
Although no official statement has been issued regarding Warg’s arrest this week, we imagine that it may have something to do with that.
Even his lawyer Ola Salomonsson was apparently still trying to shed some light on the situation, telling reporters: "As far as I understand [the arrest] is because he is on an international wanted list".
As previously reported, Warg was originally convicted of “encouraging copyright violation” in 2009 alongside the Pirate Bay’s other co-founders and financiers. The Pirate Bay claimed in a statement during July that blocks put in place by major ISPs have been largely ‘ineffective’ to the volume of their web traffic.
So, this one is a bit of a cliff-hanger- be sure to join us next week for another episode!