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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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A great plan
By frobizzle on 1/12/2007 10:12:02 AM , Rating: 2 is what they have to do: Decree that they are a sovereign nation, then declare war on the United States. To avoid an international escalation by all of Pirate Bay's allies, the US will send them millions of dollars in foreign aid!

RE: A great plan
By lufoxe on 1/12/2007 10:23:41 AM , Rating: 4
sounds like that one pinky and the brain episode where they make their own nation. haha. Yes I realized I mentioned pinky and the brain on a daily tech forum... but it's worth it

RE: A great plan
By Hawkido on 1/12/2007 12:17:58 PM , Rating: 3
Since you mentioned it, I presume you have seen/read "The Mouse that Roared"?

A small nation declares war on the US, with the intention of surrendering before the first shot is fired, in an attempt to sue for reparations under the Marshall Plan.

Very Funny

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