April 27, 1978 |
||Former owner of PRQ, currently employed by DCP Networks, both former web hosts of The Pirate Bay, the world's largest Bittorrent tracker
Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij (born April 27, 1978), a.k.a. TiAMO, is a co-founder of The Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent index site and tracker. He also owned the web host PRQ, which previously hosted The Pirate Bay.
Parts of an interview with Neij commenting on the May 2006 police raid of The Pirate Bay are featured in Good Copy Bad Copy and Steal This Film. Neij also appears in the released documentary TPB AFK.
The Pirate Bay Trial 
On 31 January 2008, The Pirate Bay operators — Neij, Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström (CEO of The Pirate Bay's former ISP) — were charged with "assisting [others in] copyright infringement". The trial began on 16 February 2009. On 17 April 2009, Neij and his co-defendants were found to be guilty of "assisting in making copyright content available" in the Stockholm district court (tingsrätt). Each defendant was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay damages of 30 million SEK (approximately €2,740,900 or US$3,620,000), to be apportioned among the four defendants. The defendants lawyers have appealed to the Svea Court of Appeal together with a request for a retrial in the district court because of the recent suspicion of bias on behalf of judge Tomas Norström. Under Swedish law, the verdict is not lawful until all appeals have been processed.
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