p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:- The, “new (undemocratic and protested by the people) IPRED law in Sweden is has been switched on and it’s a huge success in bringing all the nasty pirates to bay,” says frequent p2pnet poster and eZee admin Ryan.
Or at least, that’s what the anti-piracy organizations in Sweden (and the scare mongering, FUD-flinging suits at the RIAA and MPAA) would like you to believe, he states, going on »»»
The truth ,as you might have guessed is as far away as black is from white, or an honest day’s work is to the RIAA.
Rather than believing the press releases by the people who aren’t really known for their truthfulness, I ask you to believe me, my credentials being:
Living and working in Stockholm, Sweden
Supporter of the (original) Pirate party in Stockholm
‘Trusted’ status uploader on ThePirateBay and one of the admin’s of www.eZee.se
In all truthfulness, I feel like a war correspondent reporting from the new battlefield because, as many have said, this is a war, albeit a digital one fought on the internet with our very online freedoms and the internet at stake.
Should the RIAA/MPAA (collectively known as the MAFIAA) triumph in the land that gave you ThePirateBay, it will only be a matter of time before they force their draconian laws on the rest of Europe, showing Sweden’s head on a pole as an example.
Thankfully, I’m not the only Swedish citizen who knows this. Iinstead, we’ve have adopted to accept a ‘blanket license fee’ but one very unlike the one touted as CHORUSS.
Knowing we can’t trust our government because they’ve sold us out twice with the FRA and the IPRED laws, Swedish residents are flocking to VPN providers like SwissVPN, Dold, Relakks, Flashback, Mullvad etc with a high anticipitation for ThePirateBay’s new service IPREDator.
Talking to some of the VPN providers, they tell me they’ve been overwhelmed with orders, people almost jumping over themselves to pay and get their hands on an account.
Dold.se (Swedish translation: Hide/Hidden) and Mullvad.se (Swedish translation: the mole) have had to close their registration pages and redirect people to rival companies while they scramble to upgrade their hardware.
Along with requests for an account, people are cursing the government as well as the content industries (mostly the record industries, not so much the film and book) and it wouldn’t be too far from the truth to think some of these people are never going to be buying corporate product again.
But then again, that’s water off the industries back because the public are nothing more than dirty pirates and criminals anyway, right?
Other than the prettiest blonde girls, Sweden is also famous for some of the fastest consumer internet lines (second only to Japan) with internet access prices in Sweden on average 340 SEK (42 U$D) per month for a 60-100mbps line (2.5mbps @ 230 SEK), adding on average 45 SEK (for a VPN service) to hide what you do online from the Swedish governments FRA law + the lobbied IPRED law is a small price to pay, knowing you are giving the content industries the finger priceless.
It’s also worth noting we don’t have bandwidth caps.
While many citizens from the other side of the pond (US/Canada/Australia) raise their eyebrows when I tell them my daily bandwidth is between 10-20gigs, I have Swedish friends who tell me I should be ashamed to have a 100mbps line and not use it to its maximum potential!
In all honesty, who’d buy premium packages (without bandwidth caps) from an ISP just to use their email, IM and watch a youtube video or two?
Sorry, I seem to have strayed a bit, so back to the point —-
—- while the Swedish people pause to research their options or wait for the VPN providers to upgrade to this sudden surge of ready-to-pay-customers or wait for the more services like TPB’s IPREDator, it’s only natural that there’ll be a lag in internet activity.
But it won’t last and it’ll only be a matter of days/weeks before it’s going to be business as usual again.
A note to all the anti-piracy organizations out there:
Stop with the lies because you know you can’t win.
Instead, come on over to a pirate’s house and taste our Swedish meatballs, extra salty just for you!
Ryan will be posting more items on p2pnet, so stay tuned.
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