In a stunner of sorts, the prosecution has dropped half of the charges against the popular bit torrent-based file-sharing service, The Pirate Bay.
Three of the website's co-founders - Fredik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi and Swedish dotcom millionaire Carl Lundstrom had been charged of "assisting making available copyright material".
The Pirate Bay's counsel successfully argued that bit torrent files aren't compelling as evidence to prosecute. That led the prosecutors to scale back the charges, acknowledging that the site didn't copy the files.
According to The Pirate Bay, it hosts no copyrighted content on its web servers, but hosts bit torrent links between the systems of its users. The site had been accused of making available protected movies, music, and computer games to the Internet users.
Peter Danowsky, the website's counsel said, "It's largely a technical issue that changes nothing in terms of our compensation claims and has no bearing whatsoever on the main case against The Pirate Bay. In fact, it simplifies the prosecutor's case by allowing him to focus on the main issue, which is the making available of copyrighted works." The 'Pirate' Twitters from Trial On a different note, Peter Sunde Kolmsioppi, one of the founders of file-sharing website was Twittering live from the trial which he found to be boring! Amused by the prosecution getting confused, he twittered, "The prosecutors have a problem distinguishing from megabits and megabytes".