File sharing razzia affects companies
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Razzia against file sharers strikes companies
In many cases, the servers confiscated during the polce razzia against The Pirate Bay belong to citizens and companies totally unrelated to the illegal file sharing. Now, the web server host fights to save its business.
Yesterday, the police struk against file sharing site The Pirate Bay. At the web server host PRQ, roughly 200 servers were apprehended. According to the company, only a few of those belong to The Pirate Bay. Most of the belong to single citizens or companies, not involved in illegal activities.
Those affected will now have a hard time keeping up their business without their web pages, mail and other Internet services. Gottfrid Svartholm, operative of The Pirate Bay and owner of PRQ, says that the customers of PRQ take it pretty well, considering their difficult situation.
- Luckily, most of them are very understanding, but many are becoming desperate. They are in a very difficult situation, he tells SvD.se.
Gottfrid Svartholm understands that the police may strike against a site like The Pirate Bay, but maintains that it shouldn't be allowed to affect the innocent.
- Destroying a legit company that sells legal internet connections is something I can't accept, says Gottfrid Svartholm, who was interrogated yesterday.
According to Ulf Göranzon, head of information at länskriminalpolisen [the province police force], several people have contacted the police, wanting their equipment back, but he can't say when the servers can be returned.
- We will go through the contents. If it's not in our interest, it will be returned, he tells SvD.se
Ulf Göranzon claims the goal was never to cause problems for companies, but that the confiscations have been conducted according to existing rules.
- This action is completely according to routine. We'll do what is necessary to complete the investigation.
Lezgin Bakircioglu had two servers at PRQ. Both of them were seized. He feels ordinary small-time businesses should not be caught in the middle of this.
- We bought this service and stayed within the constraints of the law. We should not be victims in this, he tells SvD.se.
Lezgin Bakircioglu thinks the reason the police dared to do this was that the customers of PRQ were mostly small-time businesses.
- If they had done this to the large corporations, there would be hell to pay.
Gottfrid Svartholm says his clients will file a group complaint against the government as well as demand that damages to their business be compensated. Ulf Göranzon says no compensation is possible for measures like these.
Anyone wanting their seized server back is encouraged to contact länskriminalen in Stockholm.
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Next article to be translated: Säkerhet & Sekretess on this same subject, including a list of some of the companies stuck in the middle of all this.