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Norway vs Sweden

January 18th, 2015 by

We Norwegian pirates have a lot to thank Swedish pirates for. Not only The Pirate Bay, but dozens of other torrent sites, as well as leading the way in what it really means to be a pirate. That is so much more than just grabbing free stuff on the net. However, speaking of piratism, there is a huge difference between Norwegian and Swedish pirates.

Sweden has a longer and wider tradition of piratism on the net. This has resulted in Swedish pirates being much more active in capturing and uploading content. In fact, if you want Swedish content, you can find most of it online but Norwegian content is often completely absent. Swedish movies, audiobooks, and TV can be easily found. Missed last week’s episode of a talkshow? It’s online in some pirate bay. Norwegian talkshows and documentaries can only be seen at the website of the broadcaster (for as long as they determine and in the format they choose). It seems that Norwegian pirates are either more lazy, or they have not embraced the tradition of pirating things.

I feel that the Norwegian pirate scene is less concious about piratism in general. It appears that Norwegian pirates are pirates “for fun” or because they have surplus time for it. While Swedish pirates are more serious and looking to improve society through piratism. At least, the core of Norwegian pirates who are serious is smaller than the Swedish core. Ironically, Swedish ISPs helped creating this situation by early on developing broadband access in almost all parts of the country.

Sweden, un point. Norvege, zero point. Again.

John


 

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December downloads

January 8th, 2015 by

December is always a special busy period; presents, cookies, trips, family gatherings… so less time for everything and anything computer-wise. Therefore, only these movies were downloaded last month:

American Ninja 2
American Ninja 3
Børning
Divergent
Enemies closer
Godzilla (2014)
Hell on wheels season 3
Joy Ride 3
Klondike season 1
Maleficient
No one lives
Nurse
Salvation, the
Snowpiercer
Tommy
X-Men 5: Days of future past

See you soon!

John


 

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PirateBay down

December 10th, 2014 by

And so it appears that The Pirate Bay has been raided again, and shut down by Swedish police. This morning I wanted to find some file utility software, and it’s convenient to get it from TPB, even though there are free software out there on the developers’ sites. TPB is not just a place to get free stuff, it is also a convenient place where you don’t need to fill in a form, request an email to be sent to you and download from a third party place, like I had to to get my file admin tool. Just like YouTube is convenient for browsing songs and full albums, all in one place, easy to use interface and no hassle.

In the pirate community, it has been speculated if this raid is the final nail in the coffin for TPB. Even one of the founders, Peter Sunde who was recently released from prison for having aided piracy, thinks TPB is no good anymore, and would not mind seeing it shot down for good. Well, he may be bitter it did not do for him what he wanted to, but “everyone else” (except the people in the entertainment industry who can’t get their heads around basic things like consumer power) hopes the site will be back soon. If it doesn’t resume delivery of torrents, there will be others.

John


 

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    This blog is written by a media pirate, Long John Silver, and is published by an independent publisher to protect the identity of the pirate. If the blog is abruptly deleted, it has been killed by the host, the police or the media industry.