Pirates and Crackers
The more I read about these kids the more their chutzpah reminds me of Google’s. (Just to get the story straight here: sharing files privately with your friends is one thing,making money out of unauthorized sharing of artistic property between random consumers is quite another, it is theft.)
It seems that despite my deep dislike for Google (and my ever growing contempt for tech-ignorant-justice) my aversion for the Pirate Bay folks is after all stronger and grows even stronger by the minute. It’s old news for Swedes, I know, but I found it genuinely surprising that Carl Lundström, the business angel of Pirate Bay (currently also bankrolling the legal proceedings) and heir of Wasabröd, the world’s largest manufacturer of crispbread, is widely known in his home country for his extreme nationalistic views as well as for some rather controversial party affiliations in the not-so-sexy far-right end of the political spectrum.
No wonder the Pirate Bay three (two of which are believed to reside in Switzerland — expenses paid by artists’ lost royalties, I would guess) have on several occasions tried to underplay Lundström’s role in Pirate Bay. After all they are in politics now (and by the way I hope that Google doesn’t get any ideas). Yet all of a sudden, in my eyes, the crowds of protesters that filled the streets in front of the Court House a few weeks ago have irrevocably lost some of their charm. Filesharing for profit has never been IMHO a noble idea. But even if it has for some people, having it funded (for profit) by someone in whose head the “noble goals” of filesharing are mixed with the “noble goals” of Arian purity is puzzling, unsettling and utterly disillusioning, to say the least. Being a member of the nationalist organization Bevara Sverige Svenskt (”Keep Sweden Swedish”) is not not quite as innocent as joining your neighbourhood Brio train network…
It is saddening that the free-access community is not better versed in real-life politics. And it is even more saddening that political parties – especially of the left – have not as yet committed to coming up with serious internet policies. Copy-pasting the views of their share-happy CIOs or Internet teams into quickly-drafted green papers will simply not work.