Print 15 comment(s) - last by creathir.. on Jul 19 at 1:17 PM seems to have won its most recent battle, but the war has just started

It’s been an interesting month for to say the least. A police raid of their servers, an impressive reorganization and re-launch in another country in less than 4 days, accusations that the US government pressured the action and the political wake it has caused in Sweden has been remarkable to say the least.

Earlier this month servers, under pressure from US diplomatic channels it is alleged, were raided and confiscated by the Swedish police in relation to an ongoing investigation by the US MPAA. Celebration for the MPAA was short lived however as the site was back online in less than three days while relocated its operation temporarily to a datacenter in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  On June 15th moved back to its home in Sweden in a final insult to the MPAA -- which included a less than friendly message in the reverse DNS of the new server home.

News reports in Sweden (YouTube)  allege that the MPAA has pressured the US to threaten sanctions against Sweden if the country does not move to better protect intellectual property rights in the country.  ThePirateBay's blog further alleges that the MPAA hired a private investigator to tail site employees.

The entire ordeal has backfired horribly for the MPAA, as’s traffic has quadrupled since the raid reaching the top 500 on Alexa's site index.

The Swedish media has slammed the state action taken by the Swedish Government. Piratpartiet, a Swedish political party advocating DRM and IP reform founded in the wake of TPB's raids has gained considerable headway, so much so that a similar party has been started in the United States.

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Since Im a Swede
By Frallan on 6/26/2006 9:54:11 AM , Rating: 2
I think I can add something to this discussion.

A: We have another view on piratcopying here then in the US for example it is legal to duplicate all material for own use and for private distribution in Sweden. Private distribution = private relations such as friends and family. This will be very hard to impossible to remove in sweden.
B: The main issue with this is that we have a strong sense of independance here and that our politicians have influenced our police is not only illegal but against the Swedish culture and has really disturbed a lot of people here.

Now as for the issue it self.

I have allready declared where i stand culturally but Im also a M.Sc of international business so i realize that there have to be protection for the ownersjip of IP. But as it is now i happen to agree with most of the pirate spokespeople. As long as there is no reasonable alternative I will Pirate my stuff.

The keyworld is reasonable - and that means that my expense have to stnd in relation to what it costs to provide the service and how exclusive it is.

And as a addon to this I believe there will always be a "darknet" where pirates will thrive and the only thing to do about it is to let the market live its life - soon someone will figure a working business model out and there you are... All of a sudden all the big firms will adapt or go down the drain. thats the market for you.

RE: Since Im a Swede
By masher2 on 6/26/2006 10:13:10 AM , Rating: 2
> "As long as there is no reasonable alternative I will Pirate my stuff."

Where does an alternative not exist? All this copyrighted material is for sale somewhere. If you want a copy-- buy it.

Copyrighted Availability
By Pete84 on 6/27/2006 2:14:26 AM , Rating: 2
Most available material on torrent or Usenet that is copyrighted is available via legal channels, yes, except for (and this is changing, thankfully) TV programs in their current season run.

RE: Since Im a Swede
By creathir on 7/19/2006 1:17:49 PM , Rating: 2
The problem lies in his definition of "reasonable"

Reasonable to him means free...

- Creathir

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home

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