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Pirate Bay officials think it is the overzealous Swedish government officials that will be walking the legal plank

The Pirate Bay's enemies are circling it like a pack of hungry sharks, waiting for it to slip. First there is the Swedish government assault, led by prosecutor Håkan Roswall, who seeks to press charges against The Pirate Bay before January 31, 2008.  The planned charges will be against multiple pirate bay admins for allegedly supporting copyright infringement on a massive scale.

On top of the Swedish government, The Pirate Bay has the rock funkster Prince (formerly known as the Artist formerly known as Prince), showering Purple Rain on The Pirate Bay's parade of piracy.  The colorful icon announced that he was going to "reclaim the internet" by attacking The Pirate Bay, eBay, and YouTube, which he sees as a triad of sinister copyright infringement.  The royal rocker is not going it alone either; he has enlisted the help of internet guns-for-hire Web Sheriff and Web Sheriff president John Giacobbi in its bid to take down these three offenders.

Completing its array of enemies is the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, who is rather nonplussed over The Pirate Bay's domain name takeover of  They have filed an official complaint with domain name arbitrator World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in hopes of reclaiming their lost bounty, and are mulling over additional legal action against the site.  The Pirate Bay faces a heady battle against the WIPO complaint, as the IFPI works closely with the WIPO and both organizations cite close cooperation on their respective webpages.  The IFPI insist that this feel good friendship will not affect the status of the complaint, as the WIPO will allegedly use impartial legal and knowledgeable professional counsel to make its decision.

Not so says The Pirate Bay admin Peter Sunde, one of the two people currently named in the pending Swedish charges. "I'm quite sure it will not be a fair arbitration. IFPI and WIPO are in cooperation with each other (just look at WIPO's homepage where they say they work close together with, for instance, IFPI)," Sunde says.

Sunde and other admins at The Pirate Bay have been stalked recently by strange cars, with passengers snapping pictures.  Some think these not-so-subtle followers are under the pay of Prince, while others speculate that the Swedish government is using them to try to gather up some sort of evidence.

Curiously, Carl Lundström, who at one time provided bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, is the other person who the Swedish government has currently announced its intention to charge.  Lundström only had a casual relationship with the site, but some as he is a famed Swedish political extremist; some see the charges as the Swedish government's way of striking back at him, for his past stands.

Peter Sunde, in a recent interview with Ars Technica, was confident that it would be Swedish government who would be swimming with the fish in terms of a legal outcome.  He stated of Swedish prosecutor Håkan Roswall and the case, "I'm quite confident we're gonna win and I was expecting this to happen.  Roswall is also a very biased man, so I'm glad to take it to court instead of letting him dig around my personal life for no apparent reason. Actually, it's kinda funny."

And that's just the spirit one would expect out of the officials of the carefree, yet quixotically feisty site which early this year sought to buy its own island nation to avoid the mounting legal issues.  It’s clear that many parties are eager to bring the fight to The Pirate Bay, but it looks like The Pirate Bay is equally eager to fight back.

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just wondering...
By Souka on 11/26/2007 3:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
if ISPs wanted to, could they just block access to Pirate Bay?

I'm sure there's legal reasons why, but can't they?

RE: just wondering...
By Wightout on 11/26/2007 3:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
Being that it is a company and not the Gov't I don't see why they couldn't. Just as Wii, Xbox360, and PS3 all refused to allow manhunt on their systems I would think that The ISPs could argue that they wouldn't want that kind of service on their network. Though that could get into the whole idea of net neutrality, right?

Isnt the idea of virus protection and spyware protection from an ISP the same kind of thing, blocking of traffic (be it "good" or "bad") from going thru the network?

Then again I dont know too much on the legal issues at work here...

RE: just wondering...
By Strunf on 11/26/2007 4:32:47 PM , Rating: 3
It's not really the legal paperwork that would stop ISP from doing it, the biggest problem is that if your ISP censures the web and someone else ISP doesn't, everyone would rush to that ISP.

RE: just wondering...
By FITCamaro on 11/26/2007 4:41:39 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe in Europe. But in America there's only a few choices. And at any one address, you might have at most 3 options for internet. Your local cable provider, DSL, or maybe a local provider. Usually its just the first two.

RE: just wondering...
By mindless1 on 11/27/2007 12:37:00 PM , Rating: 2
True, but the more reasons these few ISPs give customers to leave, the more profitable it will be for another party to come in and provide alternate service.

RE: just wondering...
By Wightout on 11/26/2007 4:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps, but I'm sure that the ISPs could put a more positive spin on a thing like this then simply we are blocking the internet. Think more along the lines of, "weeding out the "bad" to better protect you from it"?

Perhaps the movie industry and record industry would be willing to put money behind such an ask.

At the very least they could throttle people who use these sites... from my understanding many already do throttle P2P, why not sites that help out P2P?

With such actions in place, and perhaps being able to better deal with record and movie industries they could set up a streaming or downloading service of their own that would not be throttled. Thus squashing competition for people who use their networks?

Just theorizing...

RE: just wondering...
By borismkv on 11/26/2007 6:52:27 PM , Rating: 3
Throttling Pirate Bay would do little if anything to stop them, since the service they provide is not all that bandwidth intensive. On their end it probably uses up a lot of bandwidth to keep track of the millions of torrents out there, but to a user, the bandwidth sent to and received from is minimal.

That said, not everything you can get through TPB is copyrighted/illegal to download. There is a lot of original work and public domain stuff available. I get game demos, patches, software updates, etc. through bittorrent because it is more reliable and faster than HTTP and FTP. Some record labels are posting music videos on bittorrent to drum up publicity. Movie companies are posting trailers on there as well. Just because a lot of people use the technology for illegal purposes doesn't mean that the technology should be banned outright.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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