Published Jun 26, 2009If you've been under the impression that Twitter and Facebook are all about communicating with like-minded people, reuniting with old friends and exchanging info, well, you're right, but now they can also apparently be used to summon someone to court. A Dutch entertainment company wants to shut down Pirate Bay in the Netherlands and has sent the founders of the infamous file-sharing website a court summons through Twitter and Facebook.
As Billboard Biz reports, the summons was served by the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, who used the two social-networking sites due to their inability to locate Pirate Bay founders Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. The three will be expected to appear in court in Amsterdam on July 21, if they log in to either of their accounts in the near future, a lawyer for BREIN said.
Swedish news agency TT spoke with Neij in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is currently living, but Neij claims he hasn't received any court summons. "I have Twitter and Facebook accounts, but I haven't seen anything about it," said Neij.
No word yet on if any of the founders plan to actually appear in court.