KickAss Torrents, The Pirate Bay news: Peter Sunde files lawsuit against music labels for defamation; KickAss Torrents not bothered by ISP blockades
The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde is suing Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music, and Warner Music, although the court orders him to pay $395,000 to them.
Sunde is no longer in The Pirate Bay for a decade now, which is why he was stunned when he learned of the Helsinki District Court's verdict, which also requires him to pay one million euros if The Pirate Bay continues its infringing operations.
Instead of paying the fine, Sunde will fight back and sue the record labels instead for destroying his reputation after retreating to a quiet life free from The Pirate Bay connections.
"I've decided I'm going to sue them for damage against my good name and stealing a lot of time from me," Sunde told Torrent Freak.
"I'm a public person in Finland and they're calling me a criminal when they KNOW I'm not involved in what they're suing me for. It's defamation," he went on to say.
On Twitter, he vowed to make them pay for the "harassment" these music labels did. The Pirate Bay co-founder also promised to give fans an update on his battle against his accusers.
Decided I will demand damages from the Finnish music industry for the harassment against me. I'll be back later with more info.— Peter Sunde (@brokep) June 20, 2016
The Pirate Bay continues to be the target of license holders as well as KickAss Torrents, which has recently been plagued with ISP blockades that render it inaccessible in the U.K., Finland and Australia.
However, the folks at the file-sharing portal, one of the most popular and biggest torrent sites (The Pirate Bay is another one) have so far been successful in deflecting these attacks.
KickAss Torrents was moved to the dark web for safety from the ISPs, with multiple proxy sites also deployed to fend off the blockades. So far, all this seem to work.
As for The Pirate Bay, it continues its fight against RoadShow Films and cable company Foxtel. However, this case won't move forward because the complainants refuse to cover the costs.