p2p news / p2pnet: That fierce grinding sound you hear is the MPAA’s Dan Glickman knashing his teeth over in LaLa Land.
“Only torrent files are saved at the server. That means no copyrighted and/or illegal material are stored by us. It is therefore not possible to hold the people behind The Pirate Bay responsible for the material that is being spread using the tracker. Any complaints from copyright and/or lobby organizations will be ridiculed and published at the site.
“The Pirate Bay was started by the Swedish anti copyright organization Piratbyran in the late 2003, but is since October 2004 separated and run by dedicated individuals.”
The tool used was the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), headed up by Glickman. But it’s possible The Persuader, Dean Garfield, was significantly involved in the attempt to shut TPB down. His associations with Sweden are many.
Garfield’s most recent claim to fame came when it was revealed he’d bribed a hacker to lift confidential data from Torrentspy.com.
TPB has been offline for a couple of days but its organizers had promised it would be but a brief hiatus.
In other news, the BBC revealed that hackers had forced the Swedish police site offline but, “It is not clear whether the attack is linked to the police action against The Pirate Bay,” said the Beeb.
“Using the site is free of charge, but since running it costs money, donations are very much appreciated,” says TPB.
p2pnet is in exactly the same boat, especially since we’re now being sued not by the corporate entertainment cartels but, perversely, by Kazaa owner Sharman Networks, which claims to be on the side of the p2p community.
Digg this story.
as promised – Return of the Pirate Bay, June 1, 2006
The Persuader – MPAA hacked Torrentspy, May 25, 2006
are many – Swedish anti-p2p site hacked: more, March 15, 2005
same boat – Free speech in Canada, June 2, 2006
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