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Björn Ulvaeus wants more filternet

Mr Ulvaeus has long been the enemy of creative people innovating in his field and a few days ago he managed to score some space on Times Online. He argues among other things that since song writer can’t tour and are incapable of negotiating good deals for themselves they should be legally pampered and be [...]

The Life of a Punching Bag

With the latest news of the Spectrial judge hanging out with copyright maximalists and actively lobbying for harsher IP-laws I’d thought that pointing you to this post made by Brokep a little over a year ago. It details just how little respect the copyright industry has for Swedish law. And its by no means complete. [...]

Unni Drougge’s Quest For Great Profit

Let a friend help you record an audio book (gt)
Register PayPal account (unnidrougge [Email address: unnidrougge #AT# unnidrougge.com - replace #AT# with @ ])
Put audio book on The Pirate Bay
Profit 1(gt) 2(gt) 3(gt)

Damn us cheap pirates! Drougge managed to cover her costs for the recording in a manner of hours and the damn pirates downloading [...]

Spectrial judge member of copyright organisations.

A short one before work.

The Spectrial judge Tomas Norström is member and even board member of several copyright organisations.

Swedish Association for Copyright – Member on his spare time – Pontén, Danowsky and Wadsted are also members

Swedish association for industrial legal protection – Board Member – Organisation has lobbied for harsher copyright legislation.

The .SE foundation – [...]

Björn Ulvaeus, Black Knight of the Content Industry

In the aftermath of the verdict against the Pirate Bay Björn Ulvaes, 1/4th of ABBA and one of Sweden’s richest song writers, claims to speak of all creative individuals when he says in SvD that(sv):

This feels good for us creators

Yeah right. You might want to ask author Anna Troberg about that, or Moneybrother, or Timbuktu, [...]

This is what 5022 new members look like!

A nice graph starting that early January 2006. Note the  vertical line at the end. I have a little ticker playing a fanfare every time a new members joins and its still playing at 00:29. Every other minute or so. With any hope we will reach 20 000 members by the morning. Lots of demonstrations [...]

Epic fail. The Pirate Bay crew sentenced to one year in prison.

All four accused in the Pirate Bay trial are sentenced to one year in prison. Verdict here in swedish. The Pirate Party pressrelase calls this “our ticket into the European Parliament”. 

Preparation was cut form the sentence, but assisting in copyright infringement was kept.

What suprises me the most is that all four got the same sentence. [...]

Patent war threatens to deadlock CPU development.

Intel wants to limit the competition and is dragging AMD to court to make them stop producing x86-based processors. Patents are ridiculous and a ball and chain on innovation, specifically so in the hands of lawyers, and this is just more proof. For the consumers this is a loose-loose situation. Regardless who wins they will [...]

I’m the boss of the Internet!

Contrary to what Opassande(sv) claims, it is I who is Sparta…eh I mean the boss of the Internet! I rule all and everyone does my bidding! If the content industry needs someone to broker deals with they should turn to me. This goes double for you Pär Strömbäck, spokes person of the Computer Gaming Industry(sv). 

Mr [...]

Danny O’Brian explains the Spectrial on G4tv.com

This clip with Danny O’Brian from the Electronic Frontier Foundation gets most of it right.

It’s closer to 3 years worth of preparation.
It’s two hosts, a spokesperson and a would-be business partner.
Just as the industry won’t accept a settlement or loss neither will TPB
Any advertisers appearing on the site are threatened with legal action from the [...]