On the 31st of May, Pirate Bay co-founder and ex-spokesperson Peter Sunde, was arrested in Sweden. Peter has been involved in many internet based projects such as micro-donation provider Flattr, secure messaging client Heml.is, and VPN service IPredator.
In 2003 Peter Sunde became The Pirate Party spokesman, he left this position in 2009. He ran for the European Parliament for the Finnish Pirate Party in May.
Peter was charged with assisting copyright infringement on the 31st January 2008. In the Stockholm district court Sunde was found to be guilty and sentenced to 1 year imprisonment and ordered to pay a share of the 30 million Kronor (~£2.2 million) damages. This was later reduced 8 months after an appeal.
Peter is likely to be sent to prison to serve his 8 month sentence.
Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:
"This is the latest stage in the now long history of hounding the Pirate Bay, its founders and supporters. Throughout, all the entertainment industry has achieved is wasting money, time and effort. Depriving Sunde of his liberty serves no purpose other than trying to send out an intimidating signal to all who care about digital rights.
I'm particularly struck by the timing of this arrest, so soon after the European elections. While some media have claimed Peter was a "fugitive", he was in fact carrying on his life as an entrepreneur and activist. I hope he is allowed to get back to that as soon as possible."