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Possibly the new home of the PirateBay
Want to avoid copyright laws completely? Become your own nation

The group of people that run 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 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 group:

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 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)."

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I'm invading
By qrhetoric on 1/12/2007 9:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
I think armed with a single handgun I could probably invade. I shall then form a peaceful dictatorship.

RE: I'm invading
By OrSin on 1/12/2007 9:56:05 AM , Rating: 2
Actually in the 80 or 90 someone group tried to invade them to take it over. They did realize thte Own was former military and had the place setup to stop that from happening. I think then even stop the England navy once.
They used to be hardcore badasses at one piont.

RE: I'm invading
By Ringold on 1/12/2007 12:13:37 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing a Tamahawk, or an angry A-10, couldn't fix.

RE: I'm invading
By cochy on 1/12/2007 1:36:16 PM , Rating: 3
Right...A rig like that repelled the Royal Navy. Lord Nelson would be rolling in his grave.

RE: I'm invading
By ZoZo on 1/12/2007 4:41:56 PM , Rating: 4
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.

Since Bates was not removed, he kind of did manage to repel the navy !

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