UK’s Supreme Court joins Twitter

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The highest court in Britain has opened a Twitter account with the main objective of sharing information about its latest judgements.

@UKSupremeCourt is run by the court’s commmunications team who promise 2-3 tweets each week on the cases, judgements, and any other announcements from the court. The first messages from this new account were to share the process of the swearing in of Lord Reed (the newest justice to join the Court).

In one of the account’s earliest tweets, the courts communications team tweeted a  link to a page on the Supreme Court’s website where it has posted a “Twitter Policy”. They warn users not to be expected to be followed back. It also says ” It helps to keep discussions open by limiting the use of Direct Messages”. If it does follow anyone, however, that “does not imply endorsement of any kind by the UK Supreme Court“.


Pirate Bay founders lose final appeal in Sweden

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It seems the Pirate Bay’s legal drama has finally come to a end in Sweden where the Supreme Court today turned down the site’s final appeal. At the center of the case are the file sharing site’s founders Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström who have been battling Swedish prosecutors for a number of years now. After they were convicted of facilitating copyright infringement. The trio was initially sentenced to prison. They appealed the ruling in 2010 and though they failed to overturn it. They managed to see their 12-month sentences reduced by between two and eight months.

Today their final attempts were shot down with the Court’s dismissal. The fines and prison terms remain the same: ten months for Neij, eight months for Sunde and four for Lundström. There’s also a fourth co-founder involved, Gottfrid Svartholm, who has been absent from several hearings. Under today’s ruling, his original 12-month sentence will stand and the four men will have to pay a total of $6.8 million in damages. Because the case has dragged on for at least five years, however, there’s a chance that the sentences could be reduced by 12 months (bringing them down to zero), as is common in the Swedish legal system.