O.J. Simpson Book Available Online, Goldman Sues

December 3, 2007

If I Did It, by O. J. SimpsonA notorious Swedish website, The Pirate Bay (TPB), has made O. J. Simpson’s book, If I Did It, available for download in its entirety, for free. Fred Goldman is suing to have the book removed from the popular file-sharing website. Goldman is the father of Ron Goldman, who was slain along with Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994.

In a recent Florida court battle, a Federal judge awarded Goldman and his daughter, Kim, the rights to 90 percent of the profits from sales of the book, because the Goldman family has been unable to collect little of the $35 million civil judgment they won against Simpson. Goldman has also sued TPB for profits lost due to illegal downloads.

The Pirate Bay LogoBut, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pirate Bay says they aren’t subject to United States law. The lawsuit also alleges that Pirate Bay is receiving advertising dollars from companies such as Jamster, Target, Wal-Mart and The Wall Street Journal. Goldman’s attorney, David Cook, said: “It’s the wealth through the advertising. . .Ron Goldman LLC will never be able to stop these pirates from posting that book online but they can do that in the poorhouse.”

The book is a New York Times bestseller. A CBC call to TPB went unanswered.

Pirate Bay says it’s the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker and it’s ranked number 182 at Alexa in listings for the world’s most visited websites. TPB is run by Gottfrid Svartholm (“Anakata”), Fredrik Neij (“TiAMO”) and Peter Sunde (“brokep”). In late 2006, a Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, speculated that advertising revenues on the outlaw website were about $75,000 USD a month.

This isn’t the first time that TPB has had run-ins with the law; Swedish prosecutors announced recently that they’ll file charges against five TPB’ers before the end of January 2008.

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