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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. [...]

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 [...]

The Pirate Bay Trial – Transcript Peter Sunde part 1

The Pirate Bay Trial – Transcript Peter Sunde part 1
From The Pirate Bay Trial Day 05 Part 1 podradio from 2009-02-20. I tried my best to balance between staying as close to what their saying as possible and still making it possible to comprehend. Not all of the people at this trial are skilled speakers and that means their speech isn’t fluent. They at times rephrase their sentances upon realizing they arent saying what they want to. So if you find stuff in here that doesn’t make sense chances are it didn’t make sense to me either.

The recording cuts in in the middle of a question by the Prosecutor. This is just at the beginning though, and Sunde it being questioned about the raid against PRQ and why there was a computer in the TPB server rack that he had access [...]

The suspense is killing me!

Final court day of The Pirate Bay Spectrial. Now the waiting game [...]

The Pirate Bay Trial – day 11

Closing arguments. Nothing really surprising here except maybe that the prosecutor didn’t ask for the maximum  two years of prison time. Prosecutor Roswall claims that there are 64 ad spaces on the site and at an estimated 3500sek/week The Pirate Bay has earned over 10 000 000sek. Problem with that is that there are only 4 [...]