Sunde (alias brokep), the co-founder of the troubled torrent
giant The Pirate Bay, is a divisive figure in the tech
community. Worldwide he has been found guilty of multiple
criminal charges for giving people the ability to find torrents,
and legal. While Sunde never forced anyone to choose to
pirate material or post illegal torrents to TPB, his critics say
he was aiding and abetting violations. His advocates say that
such charges are ludicrous and a sign of a broken copyright system
worldwide.Sunde is currently facing a one
year prison sentence in his native Sweden and millions in
fines for "assisting [others
in] copyright infringement".
The guilty verdict is being
appealed, after it was revealed that the judge in the case was
affiliated with several copyright protection
organizations.Undeterred by his sticky legal predicament,
an appearance via Skype at the South by South West
Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. Sunde could not make a
personal trip to the U.S., as he currently has an arrest warrant over
piracy charges in the U.S.In the conference Sunde says that
he understands that piracy is a forbidden fruit of sorts. He
states, "This idea has been discussed for hundreds of years. Not
everything people do is good – people make Coca Cola and some
people want it and some people don't, but we don't outlaw it."When
asked if piracy was like a cold Coke, he replies, "No, the
Pirate Bay is more like sugar – it's bad for you but you can't stop
using it. Bad because you get sued for it."He also jokes
about courting Google
cofounder Sergey Brin to try to get him to change his
policies. He states, "I would tell [Brin] he needs to
change. I would make him somehow. I can be very persuasive – I
don't mean that in a bad way, I can be very funny and make him like
me, and want to marry me and then I will write it in a pre-nup and
then divorce him."As to the pending three
strikes proposals in the UK and other countries, Sunde
comments, "Of course people have to have a system in place to be
able to share and every country will have to do what they want
surrounding that, as long as they don't infringe on freedom of speech
and access to knowledge, which kind of sets the barrier quite high."
quote: Wrong. Ownership implies you control something. If someone uses what you own without your permission, they've stolen it.
quote: If you sneak into an empty hotel room and spend a few days there, you're guilty of theft of services. But you took nothing from them.
quote: If someone uses what you own without your permission, they've stolen it.
quote: Stealing copyrighted material is worse because it actually causes the owner loss.