Half of the charges made against the four men behind the notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay have been sensationally dropped on day two of the trial.
Prosecutor Håkan Roswall made the surprise move this morning, according to reports on The Local and TorrentFreak.
He has amended the charges against Carl Lundström, Peter Sunde, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg by removing all mention of “complicity in the production of copyrighted material” from the charge sheet filed with the district court in Stockholm, Sweden.
The new charges will be changed simply to read “complicity to make (copyrighted material) available”, thereby limiting it to the production of the actual torrent file and the resultant hard or soft copy of it.
Defence lawyer Per Samuelsson described the amendment as “a sensation”.
“It is very rare that you win half the case after one and a half days and it is clear that the prosecutor has been deeply affected by what we said yesterday,” he said.
Samuelsson also claimed that Roswall “has not really understood” the BitTorrent technology used by The Pirate Bay.