p2pnet.net News:- There never was any doubt that Hollywood’s Big Six movie studios were behind the attempt to close down The Pirate Bay.
Hollywood’s blatant efforts to use the Swedish police force to stomp it failed, we posted in June, going on:
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.
Was the Bush administration also threatening Sweden with economic sanctions if it didn’t help Hollywood? No, swore the US embassy in Stockholm.
But, “As I am sure you are aware, the American embassy has sent entreaties to the Swedish government urging it to take action against The Pirate Bay and other organizations operating within Sweden to faciitate copyright theft,” says MPAA factotum John Malcolm.
There is, of course, no such thing as “copyright theft” and Hollywood’s claims that it’s being ruined by file sharers are entirely empty, as the current raging success of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, currently at the top of both the movie industry and p2pnet charts, suggests.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s SVT.se published the text of a letter delivered to the country’s secretary of state and minister of Justice, and re-published by H-Zone.
It’s signed by John G. Malcolm, director of the MPAA’s so-called anti-piracy division, who also a plugs both Wired News and Slyck ;p
blatant efforts – The Pirate Bay back online, June 3, 2005
economic sanctions – US denies Sweden file sharing threat, June 22, 2006
entirely empty – Pirates II tops file sharing charts, July 24, 2006
H-Zone – MPAA vs. ThePirateBay: the original lobbying document, June 28, 2006