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Friday, 17 April 2009

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A court in Sweden has jailed several people behind The Pirate Book (TPB), also known as Below Decks, the world's most high-profile pirate-themed collaborative story, in a landmark case.

The writers were found guilty of breaking decency laws and were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay 30m kronor (£2.4m) in damages.

In a Twitter posting, one of the writers said: "Nothing will happen to Below Decks, this is just theatre for the media."

He went on to say that they would be appealing against the decision, and "could not accept that the sentence was in keeping with the alleged crime".

While the trial has been taking place, publicity for the story has been intense, leading to copies of Below Decks appearing on several file sharing sites. The writers have been extremely vociferous in their views about that.

"These people that allow free downloading of our story contrary to the copyright laws and licensing agreements are the scum of the earth," suggested one writer. "I've lost millions of points due to these rip-off merchants. Hanging, drawing and quartering is too good for them."

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