Sony Pursued Site-Blocking in Norway Because Nobody Could Afford to Challenge Them

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In 2013 when site-blocking was hitting the courts in Norway (again,) Sony’s legal team briefly considered the threat of a challenge from the Norwegian Pirate Party or other groups opposed to filtering the internet. But any fears of a challenge were quickly brushed aside. Why? Because, in all likelihood, no one could take the financial risk of… Read more »

Reading: Keep Rootin’ for Putin

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Get the book HERE. If you aren’t reading Barrett Brown’s work, you should be. This week, I’m reading his latest book, Keep Rootin for Putin, after witnessing (from afar – thanks, Twitter) the depressing spectacle of his December 16th sentencing. LOL jk, I mean “sentencing.” More like a sorry excuse to drag the poor guy in front of an apathetic… Read more »

Will the Internet Ever Have a Library?

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Will the concept of a library die with the advancing digital age? Listen, if you haven’t heard – although the gaping vacuum in the Internets is hard to miss. That’s the whisper, in ever corner of the digital ‘verse, of the Pirate Bay vanishing, taking with it massive swaths of culture-hungry, file-sharing traffic. It’d hardly be news, except that… Read more »

Pirate Bay Founder Spends Another Birthday Behind Bars

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On October 17th, Gottfrid Svartholm – founder of the Pirate Bay and Scandinavia’s favorite hacking scapegoat  – will spend his birthday behind bars… for the third time. We already know why we should still care about Anakata’s post-Pirate Bay trials, and how tech-illiterate prosecutors are a chilling side effect of the digital age. But today, how about just dropping a card… Read more »

Artists Have Opinions, Get Over It

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This post was inspired by a TorrentFreak comment thread earlier this week. But it could have been inspired by any number of interactions I’ve had over the years as an artist with a political opinion. It’s been said a hundred times, but I say it again because it keeps needing to be said: Artists can make up… Read more »

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 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 »