The Growth Of The Pirate Bay As A Political Movement

from the good-or-bad? dept

Tim Lee points us to an LA Times article on the growing success of The Pirate Bay's political movement, noting that its membership is growing in Sweden and is nearly equal to that of the country's Green Party. This is ironic for a few reasons -- most of all being that the entertainment industry was so proud over the raids on the Pirate Bay's servers last year, insisting that it had killed off the site. Instead, the site was back up in days, and the attention propelled what had been a fairly minor search engine for BitTorrent trackers into the limelight -- helping to get it many more users and to get the political movement some traction. In fact, we've now seen other political parties take on some of the Pirate Bay's platform. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this. I don't support the Pirate Bay's position that unauthorized downloads are defensible. Instead, I think that copyright holders need to come to the realization that they're actually better off by letting people download content -- not that it needs to be forced upon them by users taking matters into their own hands. That said, by taking such an extreme position (and having it get some attention), perhaps it's more likely that content holders will come to this realization. They'll simply be forced to adapt and will start coming up with more successful business models that actually benefit from free downloads rather than trying to block them and sue their best customers.

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    Buzz, 1 May 2007 @ 10:40am


    I've used The Pirate Bay for legal purposes: I've had to replace some software that stopped working (meaning my CD scratched or whatnot), and TPB proved extremely resourceful. Granted, I see how heavily abused it is as a site, but it definitely makes a statement.

    DRM must die. Thanx to Techdirt, I will probably never put serial key protections on my software projects. Whether my projects will be open source is a different issue (will vary from project to project), but it's a losing battle. If I develop games, I will more than likely offer up mod tools on my site for two reasons: (1) If I don't, fans will conjure some up on their own. (2) I, being the creator, could probably make the best mod tools since I know the game infrastructure inside and out.

    I will find other ways to make money. I will not make my non-scarce good into a scarce good.

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