Prepare to be boarded …

The trial of four Swedes charged with copyright infringement over their file-sharing Web site The Pirate Bay was beginning in spectacular style. The prosecution’s opening gambit? Drop half the charges against the men.

We predict this strategy will so unnerve the defence that prosecutors will use a similar tactic later in the trial, upping the tension unbearably.

The strain is already beginning to take its toll on one of the defendants. Or not.

“They have already failed to take the site down once,” the very-coolly-monikered Gottfrid Svartholm Warg told the Associated Press, presumably adjusting his eyepatch and feeding his parrot. “Let them fail again.”

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