Wednesday, May 31, 2006

I am sorry for the bad english, I would also like to point out that this is an unofficial translation of the blog that is originally posted on http://piratbyran.blogspot.com .


PB / TPB Down


PRESSRELEASE
To be published immediately
2006-05-31

The Police tricked by the movie industry to close Piratbyån

Today the police had a raid against the Pirate Bay. The worlds largest Bittorent- tracker. For several years, the page has been a world central for people interested in culture from countries all over the world. Everything from home made essays to obscure japanese music to videos of the schlager finalie has been shared with the technique.

On the servers, no illegal material has been stored. The torrent-files, links as people use to get connected and to download the desired material is containing text, that is certainly not protected by the copyright laws.

”Antipiratbyrån has obviusly mislead the police in this case” said Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån. ”They seem to have told the incompetent police that the servers in question is filled with copyright protected material, this is a huge misuse of the tax payers money.”

At the meantime, a number of web pages located on neighboring server been confiscated. Here lies the biggest mistake from the Swedish police.

The “Antipitarbyrån” has apparently tricked the police to simultaneously close down the site “pitratbyrån”.

“Piratbyrån" Has been lobbying for an open debate regarding copywriting and patent matters. We are very upset over that the movie industry does not dare take the debate, but instead tries to fool politicians and police into criminalize a large portion of the Swedish population.

Practically, ofcourse, this means really nothing for all the file sharing people around the world. There is literally thousands of other sites where you can get what you are after. People just change location.

File sharing works like a Hydra, if you cut one head off, two more grows out!

The Piratebay started at the summer of 2003 to highlight copy right questions. The pirate bay means that copy writing in many cases has played out its role and instead of protecting artists, really prohibits creativity and only “feeds” a few.

Since the start over 60 000 members has signed up on the web page where they discuss in forums and trades tips. The Piratebay has also held sessions with the Swedish government, running campaigns and has started the worlds biggest bittorrent-tracker, ThePirateBay.org

86 Comments:

Blogger carlosglz said...

Where can we donate?

10:40 AM  
Blogger Calle said...

Also try

http://www.piratbyran.org/

for more information in english.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Five Star General Obvious said...

fascism sucks!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Thank you "maua" for linking me to the english site. Good luck!!! I know you guys will win! I will support you until the end!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Nick Danger said...

If someone kills a person with a Smith and Wesson, why isn't the Smith and Wesson Corp charged with accessory to murder? If someone walks into the bathroom, plugs in a hair dryer and drops it into the bathtub where their spouse is having a bath, why isn't General Electric charged with accessory to murder? If someone dies in a hit and run accident, why isn't the Ford Motor Company charged with murder? Because it's considered a "misuse" of the product or service. Bit torrent technology was designed for the distributed transfer of very large files. The users of the technology have taken it unto themselves to misuse it. If the owners of Pirate Bay are convicted of this, I suggest all supporters who have suffered loss or injury due to the deliberate misuse of a product or service, should immediately sue the companies that produced the product or service.

12:07 PM  
Blogger J Andersson said...

Swedish police are censoring political websites:
"...a political attack against a perfectly legitimate political web site, initiated by a non-democratic, corporate interest organisation, effected by the police. Does this sound like something that would happen in Cuba or in China? No, it happened in Sweden..."

12:09 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

viva la pirate party!

12:14 PM  
Blogger Nick Danger said...

Perhaps we can start with the record companies that produce violent "kill your neighbor, kill your wife, kill the cops, kill yourself" music. Then next, the movie companies that produce movies that glorify violence. Considering that psychologist have been saying forever that this material DOES cause people to commit violent acts, then by it's very definition, they are accessories before the fact. I say, convict them all...

12:18 PM  
Blogger UrDJUret said...

Free music directly from the musician - http://www.urdjuret.com/ume.htm

Boycott the middlemen! - Long live ThePirateBay.org!

2:08 PM  
Anonymous toto said...

maybe it's time to fight back ...

http://www.antipiratbyran.se/ (defaced)

2:38 PM  
Blogger floodis said...

toto: That's not Antipiratbyråns website. There website ends with .com. Thus, www.antipiratbyran.com.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous merrick said...

anyone know the validity of this?
http://slashdot.org/~tigress/journal/136577

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is intolerable. Justice must be served, and the piray bay and piratbyran must go back up.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Tackdaddy said...

I wish you guys well and i hope you can beat this. Good luck and keep fighting.

from you friends @ www.gamefusion.org
Tackdaddy - Gamefusion admin

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO PIRATE BAY..
IF THEY FALL OTHERS WILL RISE..
THIS WILL JUST PISS PEOPLE THE HACKERS/DOWNLOADERS OFF MORE.
U CANT STOP IT

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the RIAA/MPAA cant beat public demand. Even if they win this case and piratebay goes down. Something bigger will come right back. eg. Suprnova ---> Mininova

9:07 PM  
Blogger Augustus. said...

Sucks to those bastards! Keep fighting!

10:59 PM  
Anonymous cjdl420 said...

What we really need to be focusing on is this: Who is next?

WE ARE. You, me, us and them. All the millions and probably billions of users worldwide who make TPB and all other torrent and P2P sites/software so popular. Who do you think the movie and music or software companies plan to "recover" their years of profit loss from?
It is consceivable to assume these corporations are interested in the names and locations of most likely billions of dollars worth of lawsuits. In other words, our IP addresses from OUR internet providers, after they access and record TPB's world-wide network of traffic.
Let's face it, we are stealing from them.

Hopefully, this technology will be regarded as the modern day "VCR"

However, with a VCR, you still had to wait for the movie to make it's money, which most certainly IS the driving force behind this shit-tornado that is forming over Sweden. Local forecast : cloudy with a chance of shit.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Fredrik Lindholm said...

"My anus is bleeding torrents!"

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang Thomas Bodström, he is a big fachist ass, for what i can understand ather people i depending on the busted servers. hope the Swedish police is sued for this.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Jon said...

My dear got what a load of BULL. And did you all read the AMERICAN MPAA's little snippet on this. Hell they made it sound like they had a hand in this and they planned it all. It's on the site www.mpaa.org in their press releases. Take a look at that load. TPB WILL LIVE FOREVER.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Muhammad said...

Long live PirateBay ... freedom fighters .... but TRUE freedom....

You are in the hearts of millions... tell us how we can help...


Viva PirateBay...

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Rick said...

Viva la Pirate Bay! The damage to the industry is minimal, so fuck them!

12:25 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

As a host provider, I would be livid that they had shut down sites and siezed hardware without proof of illegal content.
I dont fully understand Swedish law, but if search and seizure without the onus of proof is legal, then I guess Mr.Bush will be invading soon to restore democracy and freedom.. oh wait .. does Sweden have oil ?

Anyway, best wishes to the owners of piratebay and piratbyran. Might be time to get your legal deptment to sober up properly and make some money out of these jackasses.

Steve
totalshells.com

12:28 AM  
Blogger QauNuckShin said...

For more translations, go to http://tpbeng.blogspot.com. Yay for tooting my own horn! :P

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is true (american diplomatic pressure...) then go f* yourself america!

"since 1516,
minds attacked and overseen
now crawl amidst the ruins
of this empty dream"
- RATM

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad luck guys, but shitforecast for the coming weeks is shit with some openings to come.

But to ease up on the downfall and to be able to buy some new umbrellas, put some Google, Chitika, Adbrite ads on your sites.

I will support you thru them. :-)

I think there is no need for any other money collecting, atleast we know the money goes to you guys directly.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous snellios said...

This is clearly an attempt at censorship by the MPAA, who are again showing their complete inability to engage in a public debate, proving them to be, as always, a profit hoarding organisation. They are such hypocrites, tPB hasnt been shown to break any Swedish law, but the MPAA has - just look at the litigation against them by Torrentspy for hacking.

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope TPB's legal advisers are right and can prove they are.

TPB fights for modification of the copyright laws, which are -almost- dictated by movie and record indutries. These industries would like to put people in jail for downloading - a.k.a. sharing. These industries representatives call downloaders/iploaders criminals .
They may win battles, but it relies on us, users, citizen, to act to prevent them from winning the war, and setting a cultural and commercial diktat. And TPB is one of the main of thousands activists who do not surrender to these threats.

"Let's face it, we are stealing from them"

No we are not..in case of a DVDrip (or CD, e-book, softw. etc.) which is usual you are not stealing. You paid a price once, and then you permit whoever you want to get it at bandwidth cost.

This is called sharing . You don't make any money from their items. That would be stealing.

Who are the deputy member working for ? The people..and who are the majority of the people? Music, movie or software producers? I don't think so. The copyright war exists since dozen and dozen of years (100 years ago -in the US at least- it was around 17 years. Now it is...70 (!) Those interested, check the Disney story, US Congress voted an extension of the copyrights just before main characters and movies created by Disney went to the public domain --> working for very particular interest..democracy ? ). And the ones getting the advantages of these laws are a minority.

Let's face it. Producers make most of the money. And why does cd's, dvd's cost generally between 15 and 25 € ? Because the main point for selling an item is promotion. Advertising. This is the shit who plagues culture "creation". What sells most is not necessarily the "best", but the most advertised. The internet and its information freeway shortcuts this business model.

With internet, only the best survives, or sell. Being "good" or the "best" is certainly more difficult than putting a lot of money into a marketing plan where results are generally expectable (There are always counter examples..but these are exceptions). And fair prices are a consumer utopia. Prices put are the maximum prices a buyer will want to pay to get these items.

Piracy is Democracy - It is not stealing nor economic terrorism..it is sharing, and sharing should be and remain forever a human right. When an item's price is fair, it will sell anyway, even if you can get it for free. When you like and enjoy it, you will want to reward the author, and internet permits this. Internet shortcuts the promotion-advertising (radio, tv, boards, everything) process. So those who put a lot of money into this don't really like it. Internet promotion is very cheap. But much more difficult.

Do not forget this. These people should not have such power. They are shortcuting democracy by -almost- putting in places laws throughout the world that favor their business models.

V for Vendetta - Sharing is not a crime, it is a right.


"Behind this BitTorrent tracker, there is more than bits, Mr. Greedy, there is an idea. And ideas are fascism-proof"


May The Seed Be With You

Sincerely
DerInquizitor@hotmail.com


PS.: And thanks for Bram Cohen, whatever where his intentions, for creating one of the ultimate tool of freedom, democracy, and exchange between citizen all over the world.

3:49 AM  
Anonymous kdemetter said...

keep up the fight , TPB rules .

I'll donate right away .

May the power of the net be with you .

4:11 AM  
Anonymous AdaMM said...

hey guys, keeping my fingers crossed for you! i hope to see the site back online soon and better than before. especially the legal part - hopefully with a next big victory!

5:07 AM  
Anonymous tridelvior said...

time to buy some pirate merch

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you check their site now, they say they'll be "WILL BE UP AND FULLY FUNCTIONAL WITHIN A DAY OR TWO"...

Now who's buying that T-Shirt the moment they're available?

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped buying US goods a couple of years ago. I reccomend everyone else does the same.
It halps me sleep at night.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Rez said...

Sign me up for a T-shirt, too! Let's support what's right with Dollars, or Euros, or your currency of choice . . .

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Since filing a criminal complaint in Sweden in November
2004, the film industry has worked vigorously with Swedish and U.S. government
officials in Sweden to shut this illegal site down."


So let me get this straight.... Us goverment officials and US interests is above swedish law in sweden now????? hmm ok USA really IS the fourth reich on steroids, who would have thought?

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta love how the MPAA and American government can dictate their own laws anywhere in the world.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

T-shirts!!

http://www.peer99.com/peer99W/usa/shoppen/steg1.asp?hkat=Piratshoppen

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gotta love how the MPAA and American government can dictate their own laws anywhere in the world."

Yeah, as i said, its the fourth reich on steroids ruling the world these days..

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Rez said...

Do we have any way of knowing if the money spent here for shirts:

http://www.peer99.com/peer99W/usa/shoppen/steg1.asp?hkat=Pirats

Will actually go to help the Pirate Bay?

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g252/Flag22/66ae204e.jpg

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://tinyurl.com/ps8vz

10:13 AM  
Blogger maua said...

I belive they will Rez, the question is how much? Is this the best way to donate? Im thinking of buying one of those shitrs myself!

10:14 AM  
Blogger flag22 said...

http://tinyurl.com/ps8vz

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Rez said...

If anyone can find out if the T-Shirts will help the organization, I'm betting there are thousands of people who would buy one.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the English translation so those outside Sweden can know what is happening.
The only way the film/record companies can defeat pirates is to drop the price of CD/DVD to a reasonable cost (approx €5 / $5) rather than ripping us off.
I await the return of The Pirate Bay !!

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Rez said...

I found a better way than buying a T-Shirt to help - go to this URL:

http://www2.piratpartiet.se/donera#international

And you can donate directly to them. That's where my money is going.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Kenny said...

the donation via sms , does that work for other countries as well ?
Like TPB ?

Does donating to TPB still work via sms ?

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone should look back.. when this whole mess started with RIAA and MPAA. This would have never started if Lars Ulrich from Metallica didn't have a bug up his arse.

If we need to blame someone for the crap Piratbyran and TPB go thru.. Lars Ulrich is the ringleader of this pathetic mess all together!

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is crazy. Seems to me though that the tech community needs to educate the police and judges, so they can't get sucked in - how could we do that?

Go TPB - I'm not usually a downloader but am now 100% behind you.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fck.! The swedish police did the exact same thing for you guys (shut down the page) as they did in Finland last year. Hope u survive over this better than here and the site won't be closed for good.:/

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's crazy that the police took TPB lawyer's DNA.

What the hell does that have to do with anything?

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock on, peoples! Keep fighting, and one day we'll have a truly free society! We love u here in FL!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Sean said...

Fuck you lars!! im gonna click the pirate bay's sponsors links as a full time job.


http://www.boycott-riaa.com/

3:05 PM  
Blogger Oº°‘¨t®ãg‘°ºO said...

Keep fighting the good fight TPB,...There's a pile of us here in Saint John NB Canada on your side too. The asshats are probably watching this site for whatever McCarthy-like babble they've swallowed so I say this to them:

SUCK IT! TPB RULES!

Go ahead, take down TPB as it is - the people will make it bigger & better than ever like a Pheonix risen.

You cannot destroy that which you fear. It comes back to haunt you in the end.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i used to feel kinda bad about downloading music, untill i read this:
http://www.negativland.com/albini.html

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The swedish police website is hacked
www.polisen.se

Swedens largest evening paper have a article about it

http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,835013,00.html

Basically it says that the site is down and that the attack most probobally have something to do with the raid against TPB

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im hoping "AUH" (arga unga hackare translation= angry young hackers) is taking responsibility for this hack. :)

The same ones that defaced www.antipiratbyran.com some time ago.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Turgon said...

The Pirate Bay ftw!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous :o) said...

tPB for teh win!!111one2111

5:01 PM  
Blogger SuPerDuDe said...

Hello, i just thought that you should remember that american corporations have alot of power worldwide. A nice example of this is something that happened in mexico some months ago. The Sheraton hotel denied the room to a group of visiting cubans, alegating the law implicated against them in the united states. The Mexico city government closed down the hotel and that threw some really big sparks in the international arena. They opened it up, but look at this, the americans declared that they will force their law worldwide.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ThePirateGAY

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck all the people trying to stop the pirates. well make their ass walk the plank!

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we should make lars ulrich walk the plank, the nazi bastard.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pirates are like punk. its dead.
nothing is free and everything is worthless.
but...
there is hope.
knowledge is power. and those who have the most are targeted.
the world governments cannot let freedom grow to the hieghts that it does!
fight back i say!
dont ask how for i could be targeted as well.
you know how.
fight nothing with everything!
DEaD Bob +

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LONG LIVE PIRATEBAY

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Nigel Cust said...

We've all benefited handsomely over the years from P-bay and its operations: it's now time to give something back, time to stand up and be counted.A leader is needed, and a strategy found. Is this your destiny. I, and many besides, await your word??!!

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello ,
i am from the netherlends and i hope they wil come to uss it wil be a oner but i tink thet thay wil atteck TPB again in the nethelends but in the nethelends they are softher whif te police but they wil get a note from te lockol focker s !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on ne tue pas la libertée

1:04 PM  
Anonymous skeptic said...

Hey, we must help them somehow out... The Government is full of selfish, corrupt and old farts. The media market is intoxicated with its own profit by missusing the art and the artist. TIMES HAVE TO CHANGE!

Or they will be changing by force.

My thoughts are with you, mates. Nice done!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous skeptic said...

Hey, we must help them somehow out... The Government is full of selfish, corrupt and old farts. The media market is intoxicated with its own profit by missusing the art and the artist. TIMES HAVE TO CHANGE!

Or they will be changing by force.

My thoughts are with you, mates. Nice done!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Rumple Stiltskin said...

What have you got against wankers?...

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the USA thought ThePirateBay had weapons of mass destruction and had to be eliminated to save the world from terrorist activies. LMFAO

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

america suck ass big time
fuck bush!
fuck mpaa!
freedom of speech and freedom of choice!
fuckin warmongers!
bring back OUR PIRATE BAY!!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Tanks for translating this for the rest of the world. Don't worry about your (good) English.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Eurasian warrior said...

You are wrong. Filesharing is not like a hydra. Cosmopolitans is like hydar. Filesharing is like the Eurasian culture it has no end and no beginning. Death to the neoconservative cosmopolitans! Kill america! FUCK THE SHIT! BE A SHIT-FUCKER!

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the people at TPB,I love you guys and the work you do. I hate the fact that one country's laws think they are applicable everwhere else in the world! I'd tea-bag everyone of those fucks. Taking your legal representaion's dna? Give me a break. Blow hard peter puffers have nothing better to do? Screw mpaa! I am on the boat with you guys! Im hoping you really have you day in court! Long live the pirates bay!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was rereading Orwell's 1984 today, and some commentaries by the author of Babylon 5, MJS, on the modern social vulnerability to dictatorial regimes... As well, editing some podcast from interviews by the Albany, NY, Humanist Society regarding the political power of the" Christian Reich" in the United States (Pat Robertson/GWB etc)... and then this news. This not Justice, this is Law - and newspeak/doublethink are alive and well. Justice may need philosophers to be defines, Law bends easily to the will of the powers-that-be, and to suit whatever is the agenda of the day. Welcome to the New World Order.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous mob said...

oh waaah. you're all a bunch of washed-up pseudo-anarchs thinking you's know what time it is because you can say "fck the man" and the mpaa and blah blah blah...get on the bus, realize money and power has always and will always rule us talking monkeys, and join the fun. it's so much more fun to laugh at ya'll and read your words in a mansion whilst sipping bubbly and screwing the shit out of the sex(es) you choose and reaping the rewards than pretending you're 'down w/ the cause' and squawking rebel shit here will change anything. :-) play the game, enjoy, get old, die. silly kids.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous OWNtheNWO said...

FUCK the RIAA MPAA and their scum syndicates

10:26 PM  
Blogger UrDJUret said...

thepiratebay.org WELCOME BACK! Keep up the good work! Excellent!

Free music directly from the musician - www.urdjuret.com/ume.htm

3:26 AM  
Anonymous Rhett said...

LONG LIVE PIRATE BAY!

All the best guys! (and dolls)!

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even IF they manage to shut down TPB in the future, another site will rise to take its place. File Sharing CANNOT be stopped, unless the ENTIRE internet becomes regulated.

Long Live File Sharing!

1:49 AM  
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Praise up high:

http://www.laddertoheaven.com/anonymous.php

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