The four major record companies have reiterated their call for two men connected with the Pirate Bay to be fined 500,000 kronor ($71,000) each.
In a petition filed at Stockholm District Court by EMI, UMG, WMG and Sony Music Entertainment, the majors said that Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg should be fined, as they had not complied with an October 2009 ruling that they must cease operating the site. The pair, who were found guilty of assisting in copyright infringement in the original trial in April 2009, were threatened with the fine last October.
Following that hearing, the Pirate Bay removed its BitTorrent tracker system, stating that there was no longer any need for such centralized trackers. "Now that the decentralized system for finding peers is so well developed, TPB has decided that there is no need to run a tracker anymore," the Pirate Bay's blog stated in November.
The move was seen as an attempt to comply with the October 2009 ruling. However, the labels insist that the Pirate Bay continues to function as a file-sharing service.
"The changes in the tracker function haven't changed the file sharing services function," the court petition stated, according to Swedish Web site the Local. "Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg have seen to it that users can use the new tracker by making sure that TPB's Web site automatically provides links to the trackers to all the torrent files which are on or are uploaded to TPB."
Both of them reportedly live outside Sweden now and their current involvement in the Pirate Bay is not clear.
"I am no longer involved in the operation of The Pirate Bay, so there is no opportunity for the penalty to be issued," said Neij, according to Swedish media. "I think the law is quite clear on this."