Pirate Bay Pursues Criminal Complaint Against Major Media Companies

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The Pirate Bay is now pursuing a criminal complaint against several major recording labels and studios, a bizarre role reversal.

Last year, the Pirate Bay was being aggressively chased by Swedish authorities and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), though the slippery group deftly survived the attack.  Now, the Bay is prodding Swedish authorities to proceed with a criminal case against ten major media companies based on recent evidence of questionable behavior.  Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and EMI Music were among the companies named.

The damning information first flowed last week, when reams of internal emails from anti-piracy firm MediaDefender suddenly became public.  The communications revealed sensitive details about anti-piracy initiatives and a number of devious strategies.  That includes the proliferation of fake – or spoofed – torrent files, the creation phony user accounts, and the execution of denial-of-service attacks.  “While browsing through the emails we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police,” the organization posted on its blog on Tuesday.  “The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level.”