Interview: Imprisoned Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde

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Please sign the petition to help Peter! This is an English version of the latest interview with Peter Sunde where DN.se journalist Hanna Fahl talked with the Pirate Bay founder about being wanted by Interpol, standing in the European Elections, debt, and goldfish. The original is in Swedish, I just tried to smooth out the translation. Please… Read more »

Mats Kolmisoppi “On Prison, My Brother, And Our Father’s Illness “

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Please sign the petition to help Peter! On September 15 shortly after his father’s death, Mats Kolmisoppi, brother of Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, made a rare statement about his brother’s imprisonment and the effect on their family.  The original is in Swedish, but even through the clunky filter of Google Translate, the moving, heartbreaking commentary shines through. This is a crucial perspective,… Read more »

Chilling Effects – Updates From Anakata’s Trial

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So I’m getting caught up in the curious case of Gottfrid Svartholm – we all know him as one of the heroes of the Pirate Bay, but he’s currently facing some more serious charges involving hacking & Denmark. Getting the details is challenging if you don’t speak Danish, but word is trickling out through the English world (and hey, here’s me doing… Read more »

Now, There’s A Petition. Improve Peter Sunde’s Prison Conditions NOW!

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This week, I wrote about the chilling descriptions of prison life from Peter Sunde, or as you probably know him Brokep from the Pirate Bay. I asked – and still hope – for everyone to write him letters of support during this difficult time. But if you are busy to write letters, you can always just sign your name!… Read more »

I am so angry about The Pirate Bay founder’s treatment. Also, I’m becoming a vegetarian.

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  UPDATE: Now there’s a petition to improve his conditions. Please sign and show your support! Since his arrest, Peter Sunde, founder of The Pirate Bay, has written to the outside world twice to describe the terrible conditions which he and the other Swedish prisoners are subject to. Early in July, he revealed that he’d already lost over 10 pounds in… Read more »

Weekend Reading: The Circle by Dave Eggers

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It’s a world not-so-different from our own. One company dominates the social sphere. The Circle and its ideas of radical transparency pervade private life, communications, and the world at large. Privacy is theft. Sharing is caring. Secrets are lies. Long story short, I liked The Circle. The writing isn’t exactly Lord-of-the-Rings-calibre beauty, but it was… Read more »

Copy-me: A Webseries About Copying!

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“Copying, “piracy”, and open culture is about “a lot more than just copyright infringement and other mischief. They also concern freedom, equality, human rights and human nature.” So says Alex, the filmmaker of a new webseries about copying: We’re all familiar with Nina Paley’s cute “Copying is not theft” video that explains copying in song and cartoon. It’s a… Read more »

My Weekend Reading: Flock of Dodos

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Barrett Brown: jailed journalist, author, totally-not-spokesman for Anonymous, and general pot-stirring jackass*. (*note: term jackass used with utmost respect and admiration) Arrest did nothing to stop Barrett Brown  from publishing. From his new home in a Texas jail, he weighs in on everything from censorship to political history to jailhouse race dynamics to cookies. His work creates this… Read more »

Take Ownership of Your Ebooks – Help Ownshelf!

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Guys, Ownshelf needs your help! Ownshelf – the site that lets you share your ebooks across devices and with your friends on Facebook? I’ve written about them here before. Not only are they supportive of readers reading their own damn books freely, they’re incredibly supportive of writers (like yours truly! :-)) who make their books available for… Read more »