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The Pirate Bay appeal hearing ended today, but the court’s verdict won’t be revealed until 26 November.

Officials at the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm, Sweden, have confirmed that a separate hearing will take place for a defendant who has been absent during the re-trial.

It said in a statement to The Register that Gottfrid Svartholm Warg had given a “lawful excuse for his absence” from court on 6 October. His agent submitted a “medical certificate issued by the treating physician Heng Prey at the Outpatient Clinic in Panhasak, Phnom Pehn”.

The court did not reveal in its statement when Svartholm Warg’s hearing would take place.

Meanwhile, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reportedly came under cyber attack earlier today, when members of the Anonymous group hacked one of the pro-copyright org’s website.

Anonymous, which has links to the infamous 4chan image board, is running an ongoing operation “Payback: is a bitch, isn’t it?” in response to legal threats aimed at BitTorrent tracker sites such as TPB.

In fact, at time of writing the MPAA-run copyprotected.com website has only just resumed normal service, after being hacked for much of today.

Back in court, the final day didn’t spit out any new and exciting revelations about the case that the TPB four – Peter Sunde, Carl Lundström, Fredrik Neij and Svartholm Warg – lost in April 2009, when they were handed one-year prison sentences and hefty fines for being accessories to breaching copyright laws.

But Sunde, AKA BrokeP, has been reliably chatty as ever on Twitter.

“Read this week's horoscope for me, ‘usual Friday. Possibly a little romance.’ My peeve has resigned, closing argument. ORDINARY Friday?”, he quipped, before seemingly complaining about the court’s toilets.

No, hang on, what he actually said was: "Ahhhhh toalett ftw!!!". ®

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