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Four men behind a Swedish file-sharing Web site used by millions to exchange movies and music have been found guilty of collaborating to violate copyright law in a landmark court verdict in Stockholm.

A Pirate Bay server, confiscated by police last year, on display in Stockholm’s Technical Museum.

Meanwhile real pirates are causing chaos off the coast of Somalia and nothing seems to be done to stop them.

Captain Richard Phillips, whose container ship the Maersk Alabama was attacked off the Somali coast, has thankfully survived after being taken hostage so that his crew could escape.

Some years ago my landlord sailed round the world with his wife in their 50 foot yacht.

They had a lucky escape after being attacked by pirates in the South China sea. The pirates were eventually ‘persuaded’ not to board his vessel because he was pointing a 12-gauge shotgun at them.

Unfortunately his voyage ended in tragedy, when, only 14 miles from his home port in the Adriatic Sea, they were fighting to control the boat in a storm when his wife fell overboard.

He threw her a rope, which she caught, but because of the violent motion of the boat, it was ripped from her hands.

By the time he had turned the boat round, she had disappeared. Despite the help of 6 other boats and the Italian Coastguard Service, she was never seen again.


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