The group of people that run PirateBay.org 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 PirateBay.org 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
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 PirateBay.org 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)."
quote: From 2007 Sealand is available for transfer by Spanish estate company InmoNaranja. It is explicitly stated that Sealand is not for sale, as a principality cannot be sold. A sum of between £65,000,000 and £504,000,000 (US$977 million, €750,000,000) is set as the price for the new tenant(s). Offers of "eight digits or over" are being solicited. In response to the announcement of the availability of transfer, The Pirate Bay, arguably one of the world's largest and most notable BitTorrent trackers, has announced its plans to initiate a fund raiser campaign to attempt to pay for the transfer, and has entered negotiations with the government of Sealand. The campaign, is titled BuySealand. The idea behind the transfer attempt is that The Pirate Bay and greater BitTorrent community would be able to circumvent international copyright laws, thus escaping prosecution from the RIAA, MPAA or other copyright protection associations. As of 15 January, donations are at $13,000.