United States Pressured Pirate Bay Closure
June 1, 2006
It's no secret ThePirateBay.org existed for three years without any concern for copyright enforcement. The Swedish government and authorities seemed unconcerned, while Antipiratbyrån's (the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau) efforts equaled little more than a paper tiger.
Events would have likely continued in that direction, however according to a report
by SVT.se (Swedish Public Service TV), an element of the United States government pressed for the closure of ThePirateBay.org.
Before that happened however, the article states the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of Amercia) requested that the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) take action against ThePirateBay.org.
During a visit to the United States in April, the Swedish Minister of Justic Thomas Bodström was pressured
by unspecified elements of the US government to eliminate ThePirateBay.org. Six weeks later, ThePirateBay.org was taken off line in a controversial raid that also claimed 200-300 other domains.
Slyck.com asked the MPAA to verify STV.se's information. Although specific details were not revealed, the MPAA spokesperson stated "Every major digital media owner in the world has been actively campaigning against The Pirate Bay - from Microsoft to Games to BSA to IFPI and the MPA."
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