Yet more rough waters for TPB:

There is uncertainty surrounding the purchase of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) by Swedish-based Global Gaming Factory (GGF).

Trading in GGF shares has been suspended and there are reports that the firm's chairman - Magnus Bergman - has resigned.

GGF paid 60m kronor (4.7m) to take over TPB in June this year.

The Swedish stock market is investigating whether GGF has sufficient funds to complete the sale.

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, GGF's chief, Hans Pandeya, said that the acquisition of The Pirate Bay would go ahead on 27 August as planed.

"The Aktietorget - the Swedish stock market - said they wanted more information on investors, which we said we would release after the acquisition," he said.

"There are risks and possible lawsuits, and this makes people nervous.

"None [of the investors] wants to give out their details, otherwise the media will attack them," he added.

Mr Pandeya said he had no knowledge of Mr Bergman's resignation, as reported in the Swedish media, but he added that the company knew he was going to leave soon.

"We are going to have a shareholder meeting to get a new board and we were doing that because Magnus was going to leave," he said.

"I have not had any information that he had already left and I met him on Friday and he didn't say anything."

Business model

The deal, which was announced on 1 July, would see the new Pirate Bay host legal content, paying copyright holders for their work, and also paying file sharers for making their files available.

The company is also looking at harnessing the storage capacity and processing power of the file-sharing community, creating a powerful grid of peer-to-peer linked computers to share legitimate files.

Mr Pandeya said the unusual nature of The Pirate Bay did not sit comfortably with some Swedish bankers.

"You are not supposed to buy an illegal site," he said. "This is out-of-the-box thinking.

"Because it is unconventional it is viewed with uncertainty by Swedish culture, even if I don't view it that way.

"Because of that, they want details and 100% assurances, but in business that is not always something you can get," he said.

Mr Pandeya said that despite this he was hopeful the Aktietorget would let GGF resume trading.

"Why stop trading when, in three days, we will find out if [the acquisition] is real?" he asked.