Fredrik Neij

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Fredrik Neij
Neij in 2009
Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij

(1978-04-27) 27 April 1978 (age 46)
Other namesTiAMO
Known forCo-founder of The Pirate Bay who was convicted of assisting copyright infringement

Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij (born 27 April 1978), alias TiAMO,[1] is the co-founder of The Pirate Bay, and the Swedish Internet service provider and web hosting company PRQ.[2] Neij was one of the defendants in 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.[3] His time during the aforementioned trial has been captured in the documentary film TPB AFK by Simon Klose.

Legal issues[edit]

On 17 April 2009, Neij was found guilty of copyright infringement and he was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay damages of $905,000.[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][5] Thai authorities stated that a US-based film association had a Thai lawyer search for Neij and aid in his capture. During his three 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.[6] BayFiles, a Pirate Bay-affiliated file hosting website registered under Neij's name, was abruptly shut down after the arrest.[7]

Neij served two-thirds (200 days) of a 10-month sentence in Skänninge Prison in central Sweden.[7][8] He was released on 1 June 2015 and is planning to settle in Laos and work in IT.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "The Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Nong Khai". The Nation. 4 November 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ Häyhtiö, Tapio (2008). Net working/Networking. Tampere University Press. p. 344.
  3. ^ Kravets, David (2008-01-31). "Pirate Bay Future Uncertain After Operators Busted". Wired. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  4. ^ "The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Updated: Pirate Bay Founder Fredrik Neij Arrested in Asia". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Thailand". The Guardian. Associated Press. November 4, 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Pirate Bay Cyberlocker Bayfiles Disappears After Arrest". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  8. ^ Hay Newman, Lily (17 April 2015). "Pirate Bay Co-Founder Cruelly Held in Swedish Prison Without Classic Nintendo". Slate. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij released from prison". Ars Technica. June 2015.
  10. ^ "Fri nätpirat jobbar i Laos". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 3 June 2015. Archived from the original on 2017-01-03.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fredrik Neij at Wikimedia Commons