Former Abba guitar player Björn Ulvaeus has hit out at supporters of The Pirate Bay and accused them of fighting for “the ‘freedom’ to be lazy and stingy”.
His harsh remarks came yesterday after the shock decision by the prosecution in the The Pirate Bay case to drop all charges of copyright infringement against the infamous BitTorrent site.
Ulvaeus, who also co-produced the box office hit Mamma Mia, wrote an op ed on the Swedish website Newsmill in which he berated those who endorse piracy.
He claimed people who share files of copyrighted material were wrong to portray a David and Goliath scenario when it comes to individuals effectively sticking it to the man – in this case the movie and record industry.
"But anything they steal was once one person's idea, a single little person. They don't want to talk about that," he wrote.
Meanwhile The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, aka brokep, couldn't resist gloating on his Twitter account about the latest dramatic turn of events in the landmark case yesterday.
He described prosecutor Håkan Roswall's amendments to the charges made against the four men behind the popular file-sharing website as being an "EPIC WINNING LOL".
Roswall, who is representing entertainment industry players that include EMI, MGM and Universal, dropped all copyright infringement charges against Sunde, Carl Lundström, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg yesterday.
Half the case collapsed in the Stockholm district court after Roswall failed to prove that the torrent files used in court as evidence had any link to The Pirate Bay's tracker. ®