The Pirate Bay is no stranger to court cases, and the site has just lost another one in Sweden. A Swedish court has ruled that the torrent site's thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se domain names must be handed over to the state.
The two domains have been confiscated after a judge at the Court of Appeal decided that they were being used to (gasp!) commit crimes under the Copyright Act.
It is unlikely that the ruling will have much effect on The Pirate Bay's operations as it already has numerous other domain names to fall back on. But there is no denying that this latest legal battle will be seen as something of a blow, even if it is only a symbolic one.
The Swedish Court of Appeal upheld a previous decision by the District Court that said The Pirate Bay should be made to forfeit the two domain names. Prosecutors had been seeking the deregistration of thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se by domain name authorities, but it was decided that this was beyond their remit, so the domains were simply handed over to the state instead.