Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Stupid Game

I enjoyed parts of an article from Reuters on PirateBay, the Swedish P2P downloading website. In May of last year the MPAA claimed victory over Pirate Bay after Swedish authorities confiscated the site's computers, but PirateBay was up again three days later.

"Sweden is not a state in the United States," says one. "It is the opinion of us and our lawyers that you are ... morons."

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Pirate Bay also wants to raise $50,000 to buy an island and create its own nation-state where piracy would be legal. So far it has about $20,000, Sunde said.

Its three founders face criminal charges related to piracy, but they're not worried because the stiffest sentence they could get in Sweden if found guilty is a $300 fine, Sunde said.

"I don't believe what we are doing is a crime," he said. "It is a stupid game," he added, referring to the legal proceedings.

2 comments:

Daryl said...

I'm curious if buying an island would void them from any laws... Moreover, where does one buy an island for $50,000??

Sansserif said...

Good question...I mean there are rules of comity, about respecting another country's judicial decisions...but unless there's an international law w/ enforcement powers, I don't think they'd have to obey.