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Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay  (Source:
Peter Sunde isn't letting international charges against him get him down

Peter 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, both illegal 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, Sunde made 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."

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RE: A correction
By tedrodai on 3/15/2010 5:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
The only way he makes money is by advertisements.
Sorry that aint a crime.

It should be a crime--don't you love it when you move your mouse pointer across a page, causing an advertisement to unfold and cover the entire screen? Then you can't get rid of it? Or you accidently click it because you were tryin to hit a page link right before it attacked? Or when you're given the opportunity to pay $15 for a $0.50 piece of plastic that apparently makes everyone it comes into contact with have expressions of gleeful amazement for the rest of their lives. Or...(goes on and on about how asnine advertisements can be).

Who cares about piracy when we have advertisements to deal with!?!?!? I hate celery!

RE: A correction
By porkpie on 3/15/2010 6:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
when you're given the opportunity to pay $15 for a $0.50 piece of plastic that apparently makes everyone it comes into contact with have expressions of gleeful amazement
Only when the batteries are charged...

RE: A correction
By walk2k on 3/15/2010 7:49:30 PM , Rating: 1
Right, because a CD is only worth the raw plastic that goes into it...........

Actually, if you want a blank CD I'm sure there are plenty of people who would sell you one for 50 cents. Hell I'll sell you a million at that price... deal?

However if you don't think something is worth the asking price what you do is, you DON'T BUY IT! It doesn't mean it's "ok" to steal.

Also ummm last time I checked saying you're just "getting revenge on them big bad corporations" isn't a valid legal defense.

RE: A correction
By Kurz on 3/16/2010 11:28:40 PM , Rating: 2
Then you should outlaw internet advertisements.
Make it nice and fair for the entire internet.

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