With the final speech of the defense the court hearing ended today. The Pirate Bay guys have the public opinion on their side. As expected the defence negated responsibility for copyright infringement and continued to argue that Pirate Bay is basically a search engine, that provides torrent index files. The court is expected to take several weeks to rule in this highly complicated case.
According to the german newspaper TAZ, seven in eight newspaper articles in Sweden reporting in a positive or neutral style. A PR counsel for the music industry is quoted to be saying “We lost the fight for public opinion”.
In the meantime the media industry is trying to make the European Parliament push governments to persecute web services providing indexes of copyrighted material.
Because of the unknown illegal status here in Germany we cannot link directly to the trial page, that has been set up by the PirateBay team. You may use google.com to find it. It is linked from their main site.