Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

Newsalert - The Pirate Bay has been raided by police

by A swedish kind of death Wed May 31st, 2006 at 03:27:05 PM EST

Today one of the worlds largest bittorrent trackers - The Pirate Bay - was raided by police, arrested and their computers and other equipment seized.

Report of the raid in english


This time it is no practical joke by the group themselves (as it was last time), as swedish media reports that 50 cops were involved in the raid. (Big swedish newspaper says so)

Not only has The Pirate Bay been closed but also other companies and organisations has had their servers seized for merely being in the same room. Among the other organisations are Piratbyrån - The Pirate Agency - a pro-filesharing organisation. Behind the raid lurks Antipiratbyrån - The Anti Pirate Agency - which proclaims to be very satisfied.

The Pirate Party has during the day received hundreds of new members, boosting their claim that they will have over 8000 members by the election day (17th of september). As election results correspond pretty well with party size, 8000 members corresponds to 4% which is the minimum to enter parliament.

Background information on the Pirate Party

This ended up pretty short, but as I am a member of the Party I have got tons of stuff to do now... Aaaarr!

Display:
Keep us informed, and good luck for the fight ahead!
by Laurent GUERBY on Wed May 31st, 2006 at 05:16:59 PM EST


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed May 31st, 2006 at 06:05:55 PM EST
So you really believe that piracy is the most important issue this campaign?
by Rick in TX on Wed May 31st, 2006 at 11:00:10 PM EST
Keeping the internet open, preventing the strengthening of intellectual property laws, reasonable patent law (what if someone patented your genes?)... is a very important issue. The fact is, the mainstream left-of-centre and righ-of-centre parties in Europe are nearly indistinguishable in their economic policy.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 06:11:37 AM EST
[ Parent ]
sheesh, I'm glad I bt'd my copy of the 3 iso's of The Power of Nightmares before the raid :-)

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 02:06:08 AM EST
In any way you can...

Should be the theme of any campaign in which 'Leadership' has become synonymous with ownership.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 02:33:56 AM EST
The Pirate Party! Oh my god! That is very exciting. How can I vote for this party? What is the official party name? I probably will have to write it in since I will be voting from abroad.
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 03:59:56 AM EST
"Piratpartiet"
See this page on the names of registered parties.
About voting from abroad if you happen to be outside the country temporarily.
About voting from abroad if you live abroad.
by Number 6 on Fri Jun 2nd, 2006 at 06:58:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Not to nitpick, but do only 400.000 swedes vote in elections nowadays? Or did you mean 80.000 members instead of 8000 for the Pirate party?
by Trond Ove on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 06:08:27 AM EST
Maybe 400,000 is the total political party membership in Sweden? That's the way I read the statement about 8,000 members translating into 4% votes.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 06:09:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
True... I found out that the party membership in Sweden is at about 7 percent of the total adult population. Or at least it was 5 years ago. So the numbers somewhat match, I guess. I am not so sure if that means they will actually manage 4 percent of the vote nation wide, but if the Swedish parliamentary system is as close to the Norwegian as I think it is, they should at least have a big chance of picking up seats in the bigger cities and counties.

(source (in swedish): http://www.scb.se/statistik/LE/LE0101/1990I99/LE100SA0301_08.pdf)

by Trond Ove on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 07:08:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Statistically most Swedish parties get 0.5% of the national vote per 1000 party members.
by Number 6 on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 07:50:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks for the writeup.
by Number 6 on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 07:51:58 AM EST
This is a recap of the main points of this Original (in Swedish.) (This server is very busy and intermittently gives a timeout.)

  • One of the three people arrested is the legal counsel for The Pirate Bay (i.e. he is not directly involved in any other way). He has been required to leave a DNA sample.

  • All servers in the same room as the (clearly marked) Pirate Bay servers have been taken away by police. A number of small businesses are no longer able to operate.
  • So, which is it to be, "Arr! " or "Arrgh!"?

    by Number 6 on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 12:31:11 PM EST
    That part is Arrgh!

    The part that is Arr! is that we right now got 4096 members, about 1800 of which became members after lunch on wednesday.

    Thanks for updating.

    Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

    by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 2nd, 2006 at 09:52:00 AM EST
    [ Parent ]


    Display:
    Go to: [ European Tribune Homepage : Top of page : Top of comments ]

    Top Diaries