Jun 15, 2006

Sisyphean Meatballs

After the MPAA exploited their Bush White House contacts to pressure the Swedish government to sic IKEAville coppers on Pirate Bay and shut them down, the Pirate Bay set up temporary shop in the Netherlands.

Two weeks after that raid, the Pirate Bay is now up and running again - back in Sweden. PSP friendlies have donated much of Pirate Bay's replacement hardware.

As in the case of the Swedish government's secret cooperation with the Bush Administration on the extraordinary rendition programme's kidnapping and torture of her sovereign territory's residents, meatballian government officials vehemently deny any involvement or complicity in the raid. Yackity Yack. M1 knows (most definitely so) better. Since the late 1990's, US infowar czars from a variety of law enforcement and intelligence communities have been in shuttling secret liason with Swedish counterpart assets.

Previous Pirate Bay Posts: 1 2 3
The U.S. government has joined forces with the entertainment industry to stop the freewheeling global bazaar in pirated movies and music, pressuring foreign governments to crack down or risk incurring trade barriers. Last year, for instance, the movie industry lobby suggested that Sweden change its laws to make it a crime to swap copyrighted movies and music for free over the Internet. Shortly after, the Swedish government complied.

Last month, Swedish authorities briefly shut down an illegal file-sharing Web site after receiving a briefing on the site's activities from U.S. officials in April in Washington. The raid incited political and popular backlash in the Scandinavian nation.
-WaPo

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