Swedish Pirate Party Declares War On Copyright Trolls

from the to-arms dept

We’ve discussed the various “Pirate Parties” that have sprung up around European political systems over the past few years. While the name taken by these political movements is probably unfortunate, having political interests centered around the many, many problems within copyright law and enforcement is undoubtedly good and necessary. Sadly, those parties have too often been ineffectual, often ties co-opted by standing political powers in a way that dilutes their purposes. In Sweden in particular, the past few years have seen all the worst kinds of copyright problems sprout up as though somebody had sprinkled fertilizer over the land. As this was happening, Sweden’s Pirate Party had remained comparatively silent, particularly on the matter of what can only be described as a copyright troll invasion.

Well, that is set to change, with the Swedish Pirate Party finally waking up to the threat of trollish extortion letters being sent to thousands of Swedish citizens and announcing plans to fight back.

The Pirate Party describes the copyright trolling efforts as extortion. It stresses that the evidence copyright holders rely on is far from solid, something they believe the courts should take into account.

“It is a scandal that the Swedish judicial system facilitates the mafia-like methods of copyright trolls,” says Pirate Party leader Magnus Andersson. “To condone the sending of extortion letters without reasonable ground for suspicion of criminal activity is not acceptable. We demand the Justice Minister to do something about the situation with these copyright trolls!”

Petitioning the Swedish government is not the only avenue available to fight back, however. In addition to calls for reinterpretations of Swedish law that would disallow the more controversial tactics used by copyright trolls, the Pirate Party could also simply petition the EU to have that same Swedish law repealed entirely. In addition to all of that, the Pirate Party is also lending support to Banhoff, the Swedish ISP that has made a name for itself in fighting the efforts of copyright trolls viciously, even going so far as to send trolling operations its own form of settlement letters.

Regardless, it’s good to see Sweden’s Pirate Party finally waking up and fulfilling its stated mission of advocating for the public on copyright matters.

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Anonymous Coward says:

No, "worst kinds of copyright problems" are to prevent piracy.

The problem YOU are describing here is the opposite: how to avoid being fined for infringement.

In any event, doing a little more whining is not exactly "declares war", it’s just whining.

I notice again that you’ve gone from "supports copyright" to advocating any and every measure that promotes piracy.

For those new here (IF any), once upon a time Masnick was said to "support copyright". I never saw any evidence of it, in fact Masnick seems to have spent 20 years trying to figure how to legalize piracy; that’s just an "informed attribute". — And that informing was done by ACs or "accounts".

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: No, "worst kinds of copyright problems" are to prevent piracy.

Clarification, to forestall claim that I didn’t notice the re-writer’s name: next-to-last para refers to Timothy Geigner, aka "Dark Helmet", then last para refers to Masnick, aka "Pirate Mike". — That last nickname is not even an exaggeration. Go here:

https://pirates-forum.org/Forum-Economics-Law-Politics

And the "Mike" posting several times IS indeed The Masnick.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: No, "worst kinds of copyright problems" are to prevent piracy.

At a guess, that “someone” is our local obsessive, so desperate to prove something that he’s taken to fabricating his own “evidence” to link to.

The real question to pose to him might be – why is the anonymous moron frequenting those sites to discover these things in the first place?

Anonymous Coward says:

Trolls have to troll

I’m so glad that this site supports the ability to flag trolls. You can tell when someone is jealous of this site. They rush through reading the article as quickly as their feeble mind allows. They then take an opposite stance and begin their response. The responses are never relevant and always show a warped mind at work. Long live Techdirt. May their friends support them and their enemies provide us with further evidence of their mental problems with every word they type.

When I disagree with a site, I stop visiting that site.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Trolls have to troll

Put simply, out_of_the_blue is infuriated that copyright enforcers have been suffering defeats in court after their shady practices were brought to light. He gritted his teeth in righteous anger when Prenda Law’s misdemeanors were widely reported and all but screamed at us to stop.

Now that other countries are starting to notice and do the same, what you’re seeing now is the copyright fanatics losing their collective shit.

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