In an attempt against the pirate sites, four men, including a member of the board of the pirate party, were sentenced to prison terms of 6 and 10 months. The men, aged 21 to 31, ran a network of pirate sites, including one of Sweden’s most popular streaming portals, Dreamfilm.se.
Dreamfilm – One of the most famous streaming sites
The crackdown was launched as part of an anti-piracy exercise that previously led to the shutdown of popular streaming website The Pirate Bay for weeks. Dreamfilm has been one of the more famous sites in recent times, attracting a large user base with the old streaming site Swefilmer, whose directors were recently tried.
“After the arrest and questioning of an administrator, it was mutually agreed that dreamfilm.se would be permanently closed,” the site announced in January 2015.
However, it quickly came back with a new name, building on the huge user base of the past few months. Swedish police also remained vigilant, bringing down several pirate sites including the 2sd the largest Tankefetast torrent site, PirateHub torrent site, and Tankefetast Play (TFPlay) streaming portal.
And, almost after two years of hard work, they finally managed to get the key people behind these sites to court. The men admitted to being involved in Dreamfilm, but none of them admitted to committing any crimes.
The Linköping District Court did not accept any of their defense statements and returned a verdict similar to that handed down to the operators of Pirate Bay. The four men were sentenced to prison and demanded to pay a loss of approximately $ 147,000 to the film industry. Among the defendants, the 23-year-old found from Dreamfilm received the most severe sentence – 10 months in prison. He faced a one-year prison sentence, but because of his age at the time of some of the offenses, the court decided to grant a two-month relaxation.
Among other things, the member of the board of directors of the Pirate Party who allegedly administered the site was sentenced to eight months in prison. Meanwhile, the other two defendants, responsible for technical work, were asked to serve between 6 and 10 months.
The lawyer in the case, Henrik Pontén, said: “This is an example of how organized commercial piracy has used Sweden as a base and target for its operations. They are well organized and earn a lot of money and the risks are considered low and the punishments low in Sweden ”.
Even the Rights Alliance, the anti-piracy group that was deeply involved in the case, said these sites were major players in the pirate landscape. He claimed,
“The network which included Dream Movie, Tankafetast, TF Play and Piratehub was one of the main European players in the sharing and streaming of illegal files. The coordination of the network was ensured by two of the condemned ”.
Sentenced men still have the option of appealing their sentences, but there is no legal word on this. Until the court’s decision becomes final and enforceable, the Dreamfilm.se domain will remain seized.