By: Gigaom
June 20, 2012 at 13:48 PM EDT
The Pirate Bay co-founders file appeal with EU court
The Pirate Bay's co-founders Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij mounted a last-ditch effort to overturn a prison sentence against them Wednesday, appealing to the European Court of Human Rights. The step comes after the duo exhausted all legal remedies within Sweden.

The Pirate Bay’s co-founders Peter “brokep” Sunde and Fredrik “TiAMO” Neij filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday to get the Swedish court verdict against them overturned. “Essentially we’re arguing that Sweden is disregarding our human rights since they haven’t agreed to EU legislation in our court case,” Sunde told me via email.

Sunde and Neij as well as two other defendants were convicted of criminal copyright infringement in 2009, and sentenced to one year in prison. Three of the four defendants appealed the decision, but the appeals court reaffirmed the verdict against them. Sweden’s Supreme Court finally decided earlier this year that it wouldn’t take up the case, rendering the verdict final.

Neij’s lawyer announced last month that he was going to turn to the European court. Gottfrid Svartholm, who co-founded the site with them, won’t be part of the case because he never appealed the original conviction and reportedly has fallen ill in Asia.

The fourth defendant, right-wing Wasa heir Carl Lundstroem, may or may not file an appeal on his own. “I have no idea what Carl Lundstroem is doing,” Sunde told me, adding that he is not in contact with the controversial Lundstroem. “We really never understood why he was part of the case,” Sunde said.

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