Fredrik Neij

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Fredrik Neij
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Born (1978-04-27) April 27, 1978 (age 37)
Nationality Swedish
Other names TiAMO
Known for Co-founder of The Pirate Bay who was convicted of copyright infringement

Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij (born 27 April 1978) alias TiAMO[1] is the co-founder of The Pirate Bay, BitTorrent website. Neij was one of the defendants in the The Pirate Bay Trial which began on 16 February 2009. He and other operators of The Pirate Bay were charged with assisting users in copyright infringing practices.[2]

Legal Issues[edit]

On 17 April 2009, Neij was found guilty. He was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay damages of $905,000.[3] Neij was not present for the verdict as he had already "jumped bail and fled to Laos."[1] The Swedish embassy in Bangkok revoked Neij's passport in 2012.[4]

In November 2014, Neij was arrested in Nong Khai on an Interpol warrant while attempting to cross the border from Laos to Thailand.[1][4] Thai authorities stated that a US-based film association had a Thai lawyer to search for Neij and aid in his capture. During his 3 years in Laos, he had reportedly crossed the border almost 30 times into Thailand, where he had a home on the resort island of Phuket.[5] BayFiles, a Pirate Bay-affiliated file hosting website registered under Neij's name, was abruptly shut down after the arrest.[6]

Neij is currently being held in Skänninge Prison in central Sweden, where he is serving a one-year sentence.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Nong Khai". The Nation. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Kravets, David (2008-01-31). "Pirate Bay Future Uncertain After Operators Busted". Wired. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  3. ^ "The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Updated: Pirate Bay Founder Fredrik Neij Arrested in Asia". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Press, Associated (November 4, 2014). "Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Thailand". the Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Pirate Bay Cyberlocker Bayfiles Disappears After Arrest". Torrentfreak. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Hay Newman, Lily. "Pirate Bay Co-Founder Cruelly Held in Swedish Prison Without Classic Nintendo". Slate. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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