Internet, posted: 3-Jun-2006 21:11
Mikael Viborg has put up a blog about the police raid on The Pirate Bay, the popular torrent tracker.
If Viborg is to be believed, the Swedish police was incredibly heavy-handed in what should've been a civil matter. Viborg was whisked off to the local police station and had to surrender a DNA sample as well, as if he was a suspected rapist. All of Viborg's electronic gear was seized, including keyboards and monitors. One of the founders of The Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm, was apparently denied legal representation when he was arrested.
Swedish media report that it was the minister of justice, Thomas Bodström, who personally ordered the raid, after a meeting with US officials who presented complaints on behalf of the MPAA.
No matter what you think of Bittorrents, copyrights and people who violate those - bearing in mind that it is far from certain that The Pirate Bay did that - for the Swedish authorities to act on the orders of a foreign jurisdiction against its own citizens begs the question who the real government there is? Is it the MPAA or the one elected by the Swedes themselves?
One thing is clear though: the police raid was the best advertising The Pirate Bay could've had. They're up again with new servers in the Netherlands. More servers in Belgium and Russia are coming up, but they will need to have some very fat network pipes indeed to handle the increased traffic generated by the notoriety.
Minister Bodström meanwhile is getting bombarded with emails from upset Internet users accusing him of being the movie and music studios' pocket poodle. However, Bodström is denying any knowledge of the raid and says he didn't directly order it, but few believe him.
Update: The Swedish tabloid/evening paper Aftonbladet has a beat-up story on how the "Pirates" intend to start a war against the authorities and newspapers through denial of service attacks. Physical demonstrations in the three biggest cities, Stockholm, Malmö and Göteborg are planned as well, and minister Bodström has been reported to a select committee for his part in the raid.
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