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Peter Sunde: The Pirate Bay should die

TT/The Local · 2 Oct 2010, 17:59

Published: 02 Oct 2010 17:59 GMT+02:00

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"The Pirate Bay should die," Sunde said.

Despite the fact the four men - Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström - were convicted of being accessories to copyright violations and sentenced to a collective 30 million kronor ($4.5 million) fine and a year's imprisonment, the website continues to thrive.

When the Swedish police raided The Pirate Bay back in 2006, the site had about two million simultaneous users. In the run up to the high-profile trial last April the number of users grew to around 20 million.

The trial received media coverage across the world and served as a massive advertising campaign for the Bit Torrent tracker.

The Pirate Bay's popularity did not stop with the guilty verdicts in the trial and according to the defendants the site is now up to around 35 million simultaneous users. But the website's massive dominance has started to be a cause of concern, said Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij during a pause in appeals court proceedings.

"The Pirate Bay has become so big that there are hardly any competitors any more. It is not good for the internet if there is only one search engine with an almost monopoly status," said Sunde.

The site users the Bit Torrent technology to facilitate file sharing amongst its users, a revolution when it was introduced, but it is now almost ten years old - a lifetime in internet terms. The old technology risks holding back development, Sunde maintained.

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When asked whether they should just closed down The Pirate Bay, Sunde replied:

"We don't run it any more but it would also create difficulties if you close down The Pirate Bay, as there would then be nothing. There has to be something else to take over."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:52 October 2, 2010 by Sam1
Why!!! :-P
00:14 October 3, 2010 by Toonie
Because they are parasites who use other people's creativity to raise advertising revenue. Money for nothing, as I'm sure a much-pirated song would say.
00:39 October 3, 2010 by Anons
"The Pirate Bay has become so big that there are hardly any competitors any more. That is fairly bad for the internet if there is only one search engine with an almost monopoly status,"

Well, you only have the 28:th place on searchers, so how could you lose your monopoly? My source could be a bit off but you sure aren't one of the three biggest anyway.
10:15 October 3, 2010 by Tdye
search engines dont use site popularity anymore the use meta tags and key words and money now have been for a few years

you can type in say 'facebook' and just a few spots down you will see a lot of random sites that have nothing to do with FB
10:22 October 3, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
They are appealing AGAINST the decision. This is the correct translation of överklaga. How many times do I have to tell you this?
11:30 October 3, 2010 by Byggare Bob
@ Pont.

While your grammar police comments are at times interesting to read, don't get blinded by your presumably UK-centric approach to the language.

The linguistic accuracy of "Appealing convictions" has little to do with a translation of the Swedish överklaga, and more to do with the fact that in international English the against is not necessary, similar to the fact that "wrote me" is perfectly correct without the "to" in US English.

Just Google "appeal a decision" or "appealing convictions" and you will see that it is a perfectly acceptable form.
13:34 October 3, 2010 by Twiceshy
Please. What an arrogant statement. There are tons of torrent sites:


An most of all GOOGLE is now a top way to find torrents. How do you shut down GOOGLE?
14:22 October 3, 2010 by eZee.se

Money for nothing - Dire Straits (Brothers in Arms) from 1985.

25 years on, and its still under copyright due to constant copyright extensions, very doubtful that one of the songs that is part of my culture will never enter the public domain in my lifetime because of the music corporations greed and manipulation of governments via corruption and bribery.

The took "copyright" which was like an innocent virgin teenage girl and transformed it into a grotesque monster that does only evil deeds for the content industries - and then you wonder why people like me give the middle finger to the music and film industries.

Downloading is so popular because the middlemen are outdated and the public have had enough of their shenanigans of cheating the artists, the government(s) and the public and refusing to change with the times but instead to use bought and paid for laws to keep their "power".

Tons of torrent sites, true, but NONE like TPB, its been a beacon for years and I personally would miss it for sentimental reason if it goes away - but it won't stop me getting my music and movies even for a minute.
21:08 October 3, 2010 by ilockitdown
megaupload ftw!
11:30 October 4, 2010 by J Jack
Because STIM were such a bunch of rip off artists, they spawned Robin Hood, ie; TPB! Then they went from mp3s to movies as connectivity and technology merged. They invented the tracker! That's got to be worthwhile. I went to Filmstaden in Lund to see a kids movie with my daughter last weekend. The whole exercise was painful for both of us. Crowded lobby, 1/2 hour wait for tickets, no healthy food options, overpriced, sound only working at front, picture out of focus, small screen, a total joke. long live TPB and screw SF. I say right click, save target as baby! & I'm a Linux user.
05:04 October 5, 2010 by MarkinBoston
How could I steal stuff without Pirate Bay? It just wouldn't be fair to society if we couldn't steal any time we want.
08:39 October 17, 2010 by bloozshooz
Screw all you thieves. When musicians stop writing music because they can't make a living anymore, all you idiots can try to write your own and steal it from each other.
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