The Pirate Bay Issue - English Translation

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Just one more..

The member count of the pirate party is rising rapidly today. Original article here.

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Over 3 000 members

The police razzia against The Pirate Bay has increased the member count with about 35% [as of this translation, it's over 50%!]. From roughly 2 200 members yesterday afternoon, to over 3 000 members 24 hours later.

- The criticism is unanimous from an absolute majority of swedish Internet users. This razzia is a legal outrage, an attack against an open and free society of information, a severe violation, especially for the young. They feel prosecuted and choose to become members of the party. If this increase in numbers continues, we'll soon be the largest youth party of the country, Rickard Falkvinge, leader of the Pirate party, explains.

For continuous updates of member counts at comparisons with political youth associationsm visit the page Member counts in comparison.
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Most of the groups listed in the comparison are youth organisations of the established riksdag parties. The exclusions are Feministiskt Initiativ, a new party aiming at feminism only, Ezenhemmer, which was a spoof party popular with modem users back in '94, and Miljöpartiet, which is one of the seven parties in the riksdag. We're catching up!!

..and now, I'm done. I hope. :)


  • Thanks for keeping this blog up and letting us know what's going on. Press coverage has been generally one-sided, to say the least.

    By Blogger filmelog, at 9:58 PM  

  • Hey, man!

    Here's something I wrote long ago - back in the Napster days - about what's happening now with TPB.

    Times may have changed, since in those days we were usually only sharing music files - but the message is still present.

    It reads:

    It’s been a long time since we’ve all first heard about RIAA X Peer-to-peer strugle. It is a pity that the Record companies cannot comply with the new technologies and, instead of finding new ways to get together with your customers, is trying to fight what cannot be fought. Many computer users download and swap MP3 files for a long time, yet the CD sales is still rising. The discussion about copyrights is continuous - the same happened when recording tapes were released, and the Record companies complained about people recording songs.
    RIAA members have always been GREEDY, and now they are greediest than ever. What frightens the record industry is simple: NO ONE IS GOING TO BUY AN ENTIRE CD JUST BECAUSE OF A SINGLE SONG! The days you could push us bad music are gone. The days of commercial-only music are gone! And take it for real guys, THERE IS NOTHING OU CAN DO ABOUT IT.
    There will come the day when you are going to realize it - and you've lost many time already. Instead of coming closer to your customers all around the world, RIAA members are showing them what they are really caring about: MONEY. How much is the cost of a CD for the manufacturers? How can it reach the stores costing 10, 20, 50 times its costs?
    During this controversy, audiences could learn who are the artists composing - and, why not?, fighting - for them, and who are the ones - Hi, Lars! - against them. Is the RIAA going to sue all people who lend or borrow a CD? You may begin by prosecuting people who work inside the record company, for they, as anyone else in the world, did or are going to do so someday.

    I live in Brazil, a country with one of the richest musical culture in the world. Nowadays we are being loaded with a whole bunch of nasty music, which would shock any American if their lyrics were translated and would never ever be released in the US or Europe. The best of our music - masters of Bossa Nova, Samba and Chorinho, for example - are all locked up in BMGs, Sony's and other companies's archives, being released in Japan, but not in Brazil. It is so absurd that I had to order some CDs from Jacob do Bandolim, one of the greatest Brazilian musicians of all times, from the US, since they were never released in CD in Brazil. Instead of fighting the customers and Napster, why doesn't the RIAA members take advantage of all the money they are spending to release these old catalog titles? I would surely buy those CDs, even knowing I can download every single track of it.
    But, no! The RIAA declared file sharing the source of all its problems. Instead of some self-criticism or some analysis on its procedures, the RIAA walks straight into the abyss, making their customers angry. It should be the time for the RIAA board to meet and try to make things clearer to itself, searching new ways to use the new technologies, instead of trying to fight it.

    Hope you guys can see what I say.

    By Anonymous Lunaticus, at 11:06 PM  

  • Thank you for posting all this.
    Please, take a break. :P

    By Blogger Banana Slug, at 12:35 AM  

  • thank you very much for all the translations!

    By Anonymous Soapta, at 1:22 AM  

  • I think you meant "raid" where you wrote "razzia"

    By Blogger Krupo, at 4:54 AM  

  • Hey Snild,
    Appreciate ur efforts for all the translations. It was very interesting reading the articles.

    TPB Rockzz !!!

    By Anonymous Dinesh, at 5:26 AM  

  • I just wanted to post and say hey and thank you so much for these translations. The absurdity of the situation makes me so angry, it's nice to read the updates as they come! Thank you again!!

    By Blogger Em, at 7:06 AM  

  • I just wanted to post and say hey and thank you so much for these translations. The absurdity of the situation makes me so angry, it's nice to read the updates as they come! Thank you again!!

    By Blogger Em, at 7:07 AM  

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