Best-Selling Swedish Author Torrents Her Own Audio Book To Protest Pirate Bay Ruling

from the legitimate-uses dept

We've already seen that plenty of content creators use The Pirate Bay for legitimate distribution and promotion purposes, and now Dan writes in to alert us that a best-selling author in Sweden, Unni Drougge, is so annoyed by The Pirate Bay verdict, that she made an audiobook version of her best-selling recent novel and put up a torrent via The Pirate Bay, along with a "manifesto" in support of free file sharing. Apparently, this is getting her plenty of attention, as her book has jumped to the top of the audiobooks list (what were people saying, that the top downloaded lists never include authorized content?).


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    Jason, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 11:26am

    Stuntish?

    "Apparently, this is getting her plenty of attention," seems like this could have been part of the motive - but even if it was, well played!

     

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    R. Miles, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 11:26am

    The quoter has disappeared.

    what were people saying, that the top downloaded lists never include authorized content?
    That would be WH. Blocked from posting? Finally got a real job? Tired of the anti-WH remarks?

    At any rate, I don't think one author's really going to make a difference. Now, if the list is comprised of 75% of legitimate downloads, this would speak volumes.

    Sadly, I have nothing to offer.

     

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      Weird Harolds #2 Fan, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 11:36am

      Re: The quoter has disappeared.

      Anything that makes your life better is stealing!!

      (*I learned it all from WH)

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:39pm

      Re: The quoter has disappeared.

      to remember that person is to give that person a higher honor than that person deserves.

      Let us all forget.

       

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    Thomason, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 11:39am

    spendable, expendable

    How does she plan to spend all of this "attention"?

     

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      AJ, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 11:53am

      Re: spendable, expendable

      So many ways she could "spend" it. But I have a feeling it will pay for itself without her doing anything else at all. Increased hardback sales, website traffic, author commentary add-ons, t-shirts, signed audio cd's, etc etc.... its really endless, i hope this answered your question...

       

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    AZ, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:06pm

    Any press is good press

    How much do you think it would have cost her in marketing dollars to put an add for her book in every mag and newspaper and on every news broadcast in Sweden? Not to mention the advertising she is getting around the world.

     

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    johnsonjb (profile), Apr 29th, 2009 @ 12:44pm

    support

    She has my support and I don't even read or speak Swedish.

    80 Kr heading her way.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:29pm

      Re: support

      This is an interesting post. Some people agree so much with filesharing that they are willing to buy products they don't even want to demonstrate that an open system works.

      And people would call this guy a thief. He's a philanthropist.

       

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    Overcast, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:46pm

    How does she plan to spend all of this "attention"?

    Not sure - but some companies literally spend billions per year on advertising - or it could be called "attention".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 3:17pm

    Whatever happend to Weird Harold. I never see him post any more.

     

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    RD, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 12:09pm

    Good

    "Whatever happend to Weird Harold. I never see him post any more."

    Good riddance. He probably went back to his corporate masters to re-tool his shilling under a different nick.

     

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    mizoram, May 1st, 2009 @ 12:41am

    nicely done!!

     

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    Tron, May 2nd, 2009 @ 2:36pm

    We are no alone, out there is not only stars.

     

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