The Pirate Bay Issue - English Translation

Friday, June 30, 2006

Piratbyrån calls for Bodström to resign

I don't have to translate. Yay!

Sadly, there's no direct link to the particular article, just go to the temporary emergency solution and read anything you can find in English. Oh, and the small text in the upper right corner translates to
As soon as bodström sobers up, we'll probably get our server back, but until then, this will have to do.

Just to be safe, I'll post the text here (if you don't find it or if it disappears when the real site is put back up or something):

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Juridical Outrage Continues. Bodström Must Resign!

After the raid against the Pirate Bay, Piratbyrån and almost 200 other servers, information suggesting pressure from American lobby organisations as well as the US government was the reason for the police action was released. Minister of justice Thomas Bodström immediately denied all knowledge of that kind of foreign influence.

This Tuesday however, Swedish public service TV have presented evidence that shows how, shortly before the raid, the US justice department threatened with trade sanctions via the WTO if Sweden doesn't act harder on Swedish file-sharing sites – that is, the Pirate Bay.

- This is no more than a farce-like juridical outrage featuring Thomas Bodström as the main character, says Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån. - If he has a grain of decency and self respect left, we expect him to resign from his post.

The Pirate Bay is a file-sharing site using the Bittorrent technique. The technique itself is in no way illegal, which is why the Pirate Bay has not been shut down before. The complexity of the technique is also why Bittorrent hasn't had its legal status tried in the US.
- We demand all cards to be put on the table immediately, says Tobias Andersson. We won't tolerate this kind of fiddling, lies and foul play. It's an attack on freedom of speech!

Piratbyrån has not yet gotten its server back after the raid, although it was not an official target for the bust. The police remain silent, contradictory and refer to prosecutor Håkan Roswall for more information. Roswall on the other hand has not given Piratbyrån any answers.
- We're convinced that this raid against the servers was meant as sabotage against the Pirate Bay and Piratbyrån and not as a juridical case, says Tobias Andersson. - Obviously we are an uncomfortable part of the debate, but it's alarming that freedom of speech is not worth more for copyright crazed lobby organisations and legal authorities

Piratbyrån is forming a critique against copyright by operating as a think tank and information aggregator for issues concerning intellectual property, file sharing, piracy and other related topics. We pursue no activity that could be considered a violation of Swedish law.

Press contact: Tobias Andersson, Piratbyrån: +46(0)734-072091

Letter from MPA to Swedish justice department

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Also, be sure to check out this torrent. It's a swedish news report (subtitled!) on the stuff that's happened. Now with extra U.S. threats! Yay!


  • Thanks for all your work translating this stuff, it's been really interesting. Keep it up!

    By Blogger Mr Williams, at 2:14 PM  

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