Easily the most exciting thing to come out of Sweden - apart from Alexander Skarsgaard's butt - The Pirate Bay torrent site was shut down a couple of days ago after a police raid on its servers in Stockholm.
Co-founder Peter Sunde wrote in a blog post: (source is here)
TPB has become an institution that people just expected to be there. Noone willing to take the technology further. The site was ugly, full of bugs, old code and old design. It never changed except for one thing – the ads. More and more ads was filling the site, and somehow when it felt unimaginable to make these ads more distasteful they somehow ended up even worse.
The original deal with TPB was to close it down on it’s tenth birthday. Instead, on that birthday, there was a party in it’s “honour” in Stockholm. It was sponsored by some sexist company that sent young girls, dressed in almost no clothes, to hand out freebies to potential customers. There was a ticket price to get in, automatically excluding people with no money. The party had a set line-up with artists, scenes and so on, instead of just asking the people coming to bring the content. Everything went against the ideals that I worked for during my time as part of TPB.
So basically, fair points to him, he DGAF, etc. Always good to see people take a stand against sexism...
Meanwhile, let's take a look at what the commoners on the streets have to say. "I can't wait to start spending my hard earned cash on expensive DVD's and Blu Rays instead of my rent and education," said nobody ever. "The only reason why I even exist on this godforsaken planet is to fund Tom Cruises's lifestyle."
Absolutely nobody else agreed. "I enjoy going to the cinema and paying in blood for overpriced popcorn and soft drinks. Hollywood movies are so original, well written and diverse, they deserve all the money they can get, poor starving producers!"
Meanwhile, Europeans and other non US citizens grit their teeth into stubs as they patiently try to explain to their American friends that no, Netflix and other legal streaming sites are not always an option because in some countries those services don't even fucking exist.
More info at the BBC (Source).