Monday, June 05, 2006

A couple of days ago some government thugs raided an ISP in Sweden in order to take down a web site that promoted peer-to-peer file sharing - a "pirate" web site.

To my way of thinking, people who actively go out of their way to pirate copyrighted software are not doing the world a service, because creators of copyrighted works need to make a living somehow. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I'm fairly sympathetic to these "pirates".

The leader of the Pirate Party of Sweden, which is an actual political party with members who hold elected offices in Sweden, gave a speech yesterday about the issue. I think this speech is worth a read, even if you are firmly of the opinion that people who violate copyright are actually doing something wrong.

A rough translation of the speech lives here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

see also:

The Pirate Bay

An interview with Peter of the famous BitTorrent tracker site

Tim Pritlove talks to Peter who is one of the maintainers and system administrators of The Pirate Bay system which has become the biggest BitTorrent tracker system in the world effectively generating half of Swedens Internet traffic. The system was recently raided by Swedish police after the US government complained about the site to the swedish government. This interview was done two days after this incident happened and while the Pirate Bay System was still offline.

Peter explains what exactly happened during the police raid and explains the history and philosophy behind the anti-copyright scene in Sweden and the technical details of the Pirate Bay system and the BitTorrent protocol in particular. He also explains what the technical difficulities are in maintaining the service and the amount private data the system stores and handles.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 3:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beg pardon, in these pirates what are you finding that you feel "fairly sympathetic to"?

And thank you, anonymous poster, for that link, although I don't think I have 43 minutes to devote to listening to that interview.

- Loren

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 2:05:00 AM  

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