Swedish authorities stop Web piracy site

Swedish police said they had shut down one of the world's largest online piracy sites, The Pirate Bay, and arrested three people suspected of illegal filesharing in several raids involving more than 50 police officers, according to an AFP report.
The report said The Pirate Bay provided instructions on how to share music and movie files with others on the Internet using links offered on the site.
The three suspects, aged 22, 24 and 28, who worked for the Web site were released after several hours, the AFP report, quoting authorities, said.
"The three suspects "&brkbar; have been released after questioning. We are not making any comments on what they have said about the suspicions against them,"
Stockholm
police spokesman Ulf Goeranzon said in a statement, according to the report.
Sweden
last year passed a law banning the sharing of copyrighted material on the Internet without payment of royalties, in a bid to crack down on free downloading of music, films and computer games.
File-sharing carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

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