Singer Paul McCartney has voiced his support for the verdict rendered in The Pirate Bay trial.
"If you get on a bus you've got to pay," the former Beatle told the BBC. "And I think it's fair, you should pay your ticket."
On Friday, a court in Stockholm convicted four men connected to The Pirate Bay--Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundstrom--of charges related to copyright infringement. The court sentenced each to a year in jail and fined the group the equivalent of $3.6 million. On Thepiratebay.org, a blog post indicated that the men have filed an appeal.
Fans of The Pirate Bay have condemned the verdict as many in the entertainment industry celebrated the decision. McCartney, who helped produce--along with bandmates Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon--such classic songs as "Yesterday," "Help" and "Let it Be," said he thinks people should pay for music, especially when it comes to work from start-up bands.
"The problem is you get a lot of young bands coming up and some of them aren't going to last forever," McCartney said during the interview. "So if they have a massive hit, that's going to pay their mortgage forever. They're going to feed the children on that, and if they don't get that money, if they don't see that money, I think it's a bit of a pity."
These statements are unlikely to be very popular in the file-sharing community. Such members have often said the world doesn't owe recording artists a lifetime salary. Among other the arguments most often cited for downloading music illegally, they say art should be free and major record labels are greedy, overcharge, and don't compensate artists fairly.