The founders of The Pirate Bay, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, as well as Carl Lundstrom, who provided financing, were each sentenced to a year in prison and were also each ordered to pay $3.6 million in damages to leading entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., MGM , Columbia Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI, Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, and Activision.
The protests, organized by The Pirate Party, were held in in Stockholm, Goteborg, Karlstad and Lund and were organized by The Pirate Party. The Pirate Party supports free file-sharing for noncommercial use and says its membership rose by over 20% to about 20,000 after the court ruling against The Pirate Bay.
Daniel Nystrom of The Pirate Party addressed the crowd in Stockholm, saying:
“The Pirate Bay is a completely legitimate service that transmits information between people. After this ruling, no one can feel secure when linking to a YouTube clip on its website.”The Pirate Party is more than an organization; it's actually a political party in Sweden and reportedly half of all Swedish men under 30 are considering voting for the party in the upcoming 2009 European Parliament elections.