The group of people that run PirateBay.org have announced plans to purchase the man-made island called
Sealand. The structure sitting out at sea was originally called HM Fort
Roughs and was formally a Maunsell Sea Fort off the coast of England. Although
Sealand does not have a government that is recognized by any country, the small
population that it holds -- roughly ten -- does claim rights to sovereignty.
With that in mind, the owners of PirateBay.org plan to move their operation
over to Sealand so that they can remain separated by any foreign government
jurisdiction. Of course, there's one main reason why this is in the works to
begin with, and it all has to do with avoiding copyright laws. According to the
With the help of all the kopimists on Internets, we want to buy Sealand.
Donate money and you will become a citizien. We’ve set up a forum to discuss
how the country is supposed to function. It should be a great place for
everybody, with high-speed Internets access, no copyright laws and VIP accounts
to The Pirate Bay.
At this point in time, the number of donations are unknown and it is still
unknown whether all this will even be possible. Even if the group claims
Sealand to be their own, its government body may not be recognized by
international treaties and countries. Despite this, the PirateBay.org group has
a plan: "If we do not get enough money required to buy the micronation of
Sealand, we will try to buy another small island somwhere and claim it as our
own country (prices start from USD 50 000)."
quote: I don't think they'll have any success though; what are they going to do, hoist up a server farm on that little platform? Power this server with big socialist smiles? And when somebody snips its internet uplink? If they think they can be hosted elsewhere and just be legally registered in the micronation, well, I dont think that'll stop the West from going after it.
quote: HavenCo has been providing services since May 2000 and is fully operational, offering the world's most secure managed servers in the world's only true free market environment, the Principality of Sealand. Our testing period is now over, and we can offer services to all businesses which comply with our Acceptable Use Policy. Setup takes approximately 3-5 days, and dedicated servers in managed colocation, with ample bandwidth, are competitively priced with other secure centers around the world.
by shaw on January 12, 2007 at 10:10 AM
Oh no! They're trying to create a new Outer Heaven!
George Bush: We're sending you in to dismantle the terrorist members of piratesbay dot org at Sealand. We can't risk sending in more than one person for this mission or an international crisis might happen.
Snake: This should be an easy mission, no problem.
George Bush: There is also a need to stop their deadly weapon as well, Metal Gear Warez.
George Bush: Warez are illegaly distributed programs and MP3s.
George Bush: Do you remember the Solomon project?
Snake: You mean the project where General Solomon of the United State Marine Core during the Persian Gulf created music for his soilders to listen to? I heard he did it to calm them down from the intensity of the battlefield.
George Bush: Well that's what you've been told. The truth is that General Solomon was recording his psionic messages into a new compressed format of music known as the M usical P ersistence of 3 Powers. Later it was shortened to MP3.
George Bush: You have your weapon?
Snake: Yeah. I have my Springfield Armory XD-45 "Sausage Hotpocket" pistol with me.
George Bush: Excellent! Good luck!
quote: Wonder why can't I rate the comments any more, anyway a + for you!
quote: Those committing thefts on the high seas, inhibiting trade, and endangering maritime communication are considered by sovereign states to be hostis humani generis (enemies of humanity).
quote: In 1967–8 Britain's Royal Navy tried to remove Bates. As they entered territorial waters, Bates tried to scare them off by firing warning shots from the former fort.
quote: From 2007 Sealand is available for transfer by Spanish estate company InmoNaranja. It is explicitly stated that Sealand is not for sale, as a principality cannot be sold. A sum of between £65,000,000 and £504,000,000 (US$977 million, €750,000,000) is set as the price for the new tenant(s). Offers of "eight digits or over" are being solicited. In response to the announcement of the availability of transfer, The Pirate Bay, arguably one of the world's largest and most notable BitTorrent trackers, has announced its plans to initiate a fund raiser campaign to attempt to pay for the transfer, and has entered negotiations with the government of Sealand. The campaign, is titled BuySealand. The idea behind the transfer attempt is that The Pirate Bay and greater BitTorrent community would be able to circumvent international copyright laws, thus escaping prosecution from the RIAA, MPAA or other copyright protection associations. As of 15 January, donations are at $13,000.