31 Jan 2008
I am shocked to find that Sweden is clamping down on the pirate site which is a big centre for file sharing.
The Pirate Bay said it will live on no matter what the outcome of a case brought by a Swedish prosecutor who charged four men involved with the running of the torrent tracker site today.
A blog post on the outfit's website declares: "In case we lose the pending trial (yeah right) there will still not be any changes to the site. The Pirate Bay will keep operating just as always. We've been here for years and we will be here many more."
Copyright infringement charges were filed by public prosecutor Hakan Roswall in Sweden against four men (Carl Lundstrom, Peter Sunde, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg) behind the operations of the infamous website, who are accused of being accessories to breaking copyright law.
He listed a number of examples of music and films that he claimed had been illegally shared via The Pirate Bay website, including the likes of Robbie Williams, The Beatles and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Just last weekend, The Pirate Bay gave two fingers to the film and music industry with its claim to have hit ten million peers and one million torrents on its site.
I don't think I need to join the Pirate Party quite yet though. Free software and file sharing are good examples of opposition to enclosure...what takes profits from fat sleek corporations gives something free to the mass of humanity, I am on the side of the file sharers.
Excellent statement from the European Green Parties on this which Nigel Rolland has alerted me to:
European Greens Launch Pro-Filesharing Campaign
Greens EFA,have launched a pro-filesharing campaign named “I Wouldn’t Steal”. Their goal is to counter the anti-piracy propaganda put forward by the entertainment industry, and encourage people to download and share. Please check out this link http://torrentfreak.com/politicians-launch-pro-filesharing-campaign-080119/
The bittorrent method of file sharing has great potential for distributing political propaganda, for example The Green Party of Canada has previously filmed and distributed their annual Conference by bittorrent transfer from Noam Chomsky's website "Chomskytorrents" which is now known as "Onebigtorrent" at http://onebigtorrent.org/ The European Green Parties may now want to look at Bittorrenting distribution themselves, bittorrenting is a grass roots controlled media distribution system, it is a potential radical alternative to the corporate controlled TV.
[It is a} cheap, sustainable and easily accessible method of peer to peer file sharing to distribute our own media
In Solidarity Nigel Rolland
Pirate blog here says:
We've got reasons to celebrate. Millions of them!
This week we've hit some magic numbers. We're tracking over 1 million torrents. We have had over 10 million simultaneous peers on the trackers. We're at 2.5 million registered users (and they are active as well). And this is blog post 100!
Tomorrow we will (hopefully) finish the long story about the site until now, as a celebration. If you can find the URL for it, go ahead and read it, but please don't tell anyone the URL in the comments if you do find it. The text is not ready yet, we're missing some entries and the pictures are not always at the correct place. But it would be cool if you wrote a comment that you _did_ find the page ;)
In case we lose the pending trial (yeah right) there will still not be any changes to the site. The Pirate Bay will keep operating just as always. We've been here for years and we will be here many more.
It also came to our attention that it's now possible to buy the documents, from the police!, in the current investigation about The Pirate Bay. But only on paper. And it's not 4000 pages, it 4620 pages. And they cost 6050 SEK for all of them (about 1000 USD). Our view of it? Why not just make a PDF, make a torrent of the PDF and seed it. We know a perfect place you can do that for free, and nobody would have to pay for all those pages of investigation. And a hell of a lot of trees would be saved... And even though the information in the investigation might be a bit personal at times (alcohol intake, sex addictions) we're not suing the police for commercially exploiting the material they took from us without permission.
Sharing is caring - to care for us please share even more then before! (and btw - Thanks to Pepsi for the AMAZING logo on the frontpage!