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The Pirate Bay is back up and demonstrations in Sweden

by A swedish kind of death Sat Jun 3rd, 2006 at 07:23:28 PM EST

Today I went to a demonstration. But lets start in chronological order.

The Pirate Bay, closed by a police raid last wednesday is now back online. Their new logo features not only their famous pirateship but two cannonballs being fired at a Hollywood sign.


The background for this is the news - reported since thursday by national swedish television - that political pressure from the USA was the reason for the raid. That pressure originated in the MPAA.

The swedish minister of justice - Thomas Bodström - is widely believed to have ordered the raid. That would be unlawful and a number of parliamentarians from different parties has moved for hearings. When these will be schedule is yet unknown. There is an election in september, and I am not sure how much the parliament will work before that.

And The Pirate Party has continued its surge in members, as I write it passed 5200.

If you want deeper background there is also my previous diaries:

Newsalert - The Pirate Bay has been raided by police

The Pirates of Sweden

There was two demonstrations today, one in Stockholm and one in Gothenburg demanding the resignation of the justice minister and the return of all servers. The one in Stockholm was arranged by the Pirate Bureau (Piratbyrån), The Pirate Party (Piratpartiet), and the youth organisations of the green party, the liberal party and the left party. The one in Gothenburg was arranged by the Pirate Party, and and the youth organisations of the green party and the liberal party.

I was in Stockholm. I did not take any pictures but others did, and since Pirates believe in sharing I figured I will write and post pictures about it.

The demonstration (which did not move as we had no permit to block traffic and such) was held in the middle of Stockholm. It is the parliament you see on the right. People are gathering:

There was a lot of funny banners. This one is from planka.nu, another organisation whose servers were taken as they were in the same room as those from the Pirate Bay.

The text says "Give us our server or we will take your fax-machine"

Some demanded "USA out of the Internet"

While others asked questions

The text says "There are many questions:
*How do you do it?
*Why do you seed?
*Is my upload to small?
Swedish Association for File-sharing Education"

A loving parody on the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, RFSU.

Some declared their position with the old skull and bones:

While others prefered a more modern style:

I think you can guess what "PIRAT" is...

There was speaches from the organising organisations, but I will not bore you.

The main thing about a demonstration is the crowd:

Now I should get some sleep and dream sweet dreams of piracy.

Update [2006-6-4 7:16:2 by A swedish kind of death]:: The pictures are taken by Marcus Andersson or John Bäckstrand. Their names leads to more pictures on their own sites. Sometimes their sites are hard to reach, then the pictures here will not load.

Thanks for the pictures!

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And by Jove and Synchronicity, Fran has a great Hassidic quote for the news diary today.

If I had been in Stockholn, my sign would have read:

COOPERATION NOT COMPETITION

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 02:16:20 AM EST
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_Party

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 02:37:40 AM EST
Fix your picture links

BTW there is a hidden link to a swedish site attached to the opening of this diary. Not wise.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 05:41:49 AM EST
The picture links are all right (checked it on posting).

Sometimes the computers they are on might be hard to reach (it is two different pages with pictures), which is kind of hard for me to solve until pictures come up on some more stable uplink.

Perhaps that is also the hidden link (trying to reach one of the computers the pictures are on), beacuse otherwise I am not sure what you are refering to. I just checked my diary and I did not include any popups:)

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

by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 07:09:50 AM EST
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My hacker add-on detects this: Safari wants to connect to d-u2-032-08.idt.mdh.se on TCP port 9999 (distinct)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 07:23:14 AM EST
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so that is the problem - broken picture links

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 07:25:04 AM EST
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But for some reason there was a coincidental removal of internal ET links - which made me mighty suspicious ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 07:26:36 AM EST
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Must bring down the global temperatures:

You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.

Be a pirate. Save the climate.

by Nomad on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 06:43:25 AM EST
should include buccaneers and privateers for more accurate figures - and your statistics clearly do not include pirates working off the Horn of Africa or S.E. Asia, or indeed the entire US administration and Congress.

But at least it's a fun chart ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 07:29:58 AM EST
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Great PN work, Grand Vizir.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 01:10:36 PM EST
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Don't read LEP's diary or you'll demote me to Eunuch 2nd Class.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 01:39:43 PM EST
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How nice of RIAA and MPAA to give Pirate Bay such incredible international publicity for absolutely free.

I hope they remember to write a thank-you note.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 07:12:18 AM EST
I hope they will.

The Pirate Party has written a thank you note to Antipiratbyrån, MPAAs local organisation and thanked them for helping the pirates to the parliament. Now we have passed 5300 members.

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

by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jun 4th, 2006 at 07:22:04 AM EST
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