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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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RIAA will blast those fools
By anonymo on 1/12/2007 11:20:42 AM , Rating: 3
PB: Woot! Sealand! Freedom!
US: Stop infringing on our copyrights!
PB: Hellllll naw! This is our country we are free to do as we please!
US: Sorry, what was that? I can't hear you over that humming. What is that? Is that a nuclear reactor?
US: Trying to make WMDs huh?
PB: crap <BOOM>

Lesson of the day. If you are surrounded by innocent Sweds, no one can fire an ICBM at you.

RE: RIAA will blast those fools
By vdig on 1/12/2007 11:50:19 AM , Rating: 3
Even if the pirates got Sealand, invading a country/sovereign state of 5-50 people is WAY too easy. Declaring war against said people, almost as easy. Silly idea for the pirates, if you ask me. Better to hide under the laws of different nations than to be a country that violates the efforts of citizens from other established countries.

By Anonymous Freak on 1/16/2007 6:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
Read some of the other posts. Sealand *HAS* been invaded. TWICE. Yet they prevailed.

The first time was by the British Navy! The second time was a group of 'businessmen' who tried to kidnap the son of the "king" of Sealand. They were repelled by the superior firepower of the Sealanders.

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