Hollywood movie houses sue Pirate Bay operators

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A dozen Hollywood production companies have filed a new lawsuit against Stockholm-based file-sharing Web site The Pirate Bay.

Columbia Pictures, Disney Enterprises, Universal Studios and 10 others are demanding the site's operators be fined and prevented from distributing TV-series including "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" and films such as "Batman."

The Pirate Bay has remained in operation despite guilty verdicts in a copyright trial in Sweden earlier this year against the site's operators, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij. Carl Lundstrom, who financed the site, was also convicted in that case.

All were sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay a combined 30 million kronor ($4.1 million) in damages.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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