Why the Pirate Bay and Kim Jong-Un Are Actually a Perfect Match…

So it turns out that the news that the Pirate Bay had moved to North Korea is more than likely a fib. After the news broke on Monday, it didn’t take long for tech sites to question its probability, casting it into doubt by conducting tracking searches, and concluding that the site’s IP address most likely simply routes through a North Korea IP address while it’s still being hosted somewhere in Europe.

Having been forced to move its hosting services – provided by the Swedish Pirate party – out of Sweden to Norway, it was apparently booted out of that country as well last week. This lead to TPB declaring it was being “persecuted for beliefs of freedom“.

In a statement, TPB announced…

“This is truly an ironic situation. We have been fighting for a free world, and our opponents are mostly huge corporations from the United States of America, a place where freedom and freedom of speech is said to be held high. At the same time, companies from that country is chasing a competitor from other countries, bribing police and lawmakers, threatening political parties and physically hunting people from our crew.”

The site’s North Korea (or, as they call it ‘Republic of Korea,’ which is actually the formal name of South Korea) announcement appears to be a joke – and it is, indeed, laughable.  Of course it’s not true that their opponents are “mostly huge corporations.”  If you did a poll of the creators whose work is illegally distributed through TPB (while those running it make a nice living through ad-funding), I can bet you they would say the only reason they’re not going after them in court is because they don’t have the funds to.

I think they’ll find that these creators would choose getting into bed with a record label, publisher or film studio that provides them with funds to realize their dreams – and if they don’t, at least they have a choice not to, unlike with TPB, which simply uses their creations to line their own pockets without asking.

Simply making music available for free is not in itself a promotional tool, but if artists want to give their work away for free they are perfectly able to do so without the unsolicited “help” of TPB.  They can, for example, register their work under a Creative Commons license.  Yet, funnily enough, the vast majority of creators appear to prefer to get paid for their work.

TPB calls this “an ironic situation,” but what’s really ironic is that those running the site describe themselves as “fighting for a free world,” while taking away the freedom of choice from artists, songwriters, film-makers and authors.

Freedom fighters? That’s the biggest joke of this story – the truth is the Pirate Bay operators and their disciples have more in common with dictator Kim Jong-Un than they care to admit.

Image used under Creative Commons from petersnoopy @flickr.  

17 Responses

  1. Visitor

    It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. 🙂
    A lot of pirates think it’s for real — just take a look at torrentfreak — and they’re not happy about supporting a totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship that believes in torture, censorship and nuclear war.
    So this a just another disaster for our poor pirates.
    Meanwhile, this is still up:
    Which means: 1) They haven’t sued anybody and 2) their million dollars brand and trademark is worthless now…

  2. n' Stuff

    Oh this again?
    The reality is that Pirate Bay has probably helped more artists than hurt them
    Most artists desperately need one thing: ATTENTION

  3. NetBenefit

    those running the site describe themselves as “fighting for a free world,” while taking away the freedom of choice from artists, songwriters, film-makers and authors
    What about the freedom to peacefully rearrange one’s own scarce resources? Even if this peaceful rearranging might devalue something, somewhere, at some time (even an artist’s original song could be said to devalue another artist’s original song), would this not be better than limiting actions and rights of scarce goods (of the masses, including artists) by way of coercion and force (non-peaceful)?
    Rights in values, thoughts, and preferences is nonsense.

  4. Pie Rate

    Eventually The Pirate Bay will run out the string.
    Napster went down.
    Kazaa went down.
    Grokster went down.
    Megaupload went down.
    What have a dozen years of legal wins brought?
    Everytime I hear this triumphalism from the copyright industry, I remember the crowing around the time the Sony rootkit was going to solve the problem of CD copying.
    The industry has cast itself in opposition to an idea: that digital files can be copied and exchanged for free. Even worse, they have cast themselve in opposition to a true idea.

    • Bandit

      By now the “copyright industry” (to use your de-humanizing term) has tried to at least keep up with the times. see apple, spotify et al.
      I am sure new and efficient ways to steal other people’s work is in development right now. see cloud or encrypted locker services
      Unfortunately people who create work that is subject to copyright law have to allocate their resources. Investing in legal and technical solutions for copyright protection from thieves takes resources away from investments in new digital music business models.
      Businesses based on stealing music have a much easier time allocating resources since they acquire their “product” at no cost. So after development of new software for “sharing” data gets developed, all ad revenue supplied by google and others is pure profit

      • Visitor

        Don’t bring up Spotify, it’s the Great Evil that is barely tolerated because we have to get rid of piracy first. When “piracy is defeated” you bet Spotify and YouTube is going down next.

        • Visitor

          Sorry, but you still try too hard.
          Yes, most of the streaming services will obviously go away when we solve the mainstream piracy problem.
          But nobody thinks Spotify is evil. 🙂 It’s just worthless from an artist’s point of view.
          And YouTube ain’t going anywhere. They’ll be legitimate as soon as they fix their autocomplete.

          • Visitor

            EVERYONE thinks Spotify is evil, apart from you obviously.

  5. wallow-T

    The L.A. Times carries a report that the Pirate Bay now says this was their hoax. I didn’t attempt to poke at the network topology while the alleged hoax was allegedly ongoing. Some people were convinced that some of the traffic was going through NK.

    ZDnet has a somewhat technical dissection of how this may have been pulled off.

  6. Visitor

    Horrible article by a brainwashed dumbass. I doubt they are actually in North Korea mainly because none of North Koreas ISPs could servre that many visitors. This is just a joke and idiots like the article writer are gobbling it up.
    Screw the copyright industry in the US and keep your filthy fingers out of foreign politics.

    • Visitor

      What about the brainwashed copyright industry dumbasses in the EU — should we be screwed, too?
      Just curious.

  7. dhenn

    Dear Pirate Bay,
    I’m not a big American Corp. I’m an American singer, songwriter and indie artist and you can bite me! You and those like you have done nothing but destroy my ability to make a living by selling the music I make.

  8. Kent

    Because North Korea not have Hollywood capacity to make 911 hoax movie ?
    Its very good “artist” which not respect freedom of speach, and constitutions, get sorted out.

    Do you think you have the “Right” to blackmail people on money ? Keep your blackmailing of the Internet, and ship your shit by diesel truck, nobody will buy it, and its good.

  9. lil Joshu

    “I think they’ll find that these creators would choose getting into bed with a record label.”

    Nope. Wrong.

    As an indepent intellectual copyright holder, I would MUCH prefer TPB copy my materials all over the internet than even THINK of siding with record label companies.
    In fact, dear people of Pirate Bay…
    If you want a legitimate copy of my creation to spread through Pirate Bay, feel free! My website is deusdreams.com. Contact me, and I’ll gladly send you a copy for you to make links to and post like crazy.

    The big corporations are squashing creativity and the compitition in America, and they need to go down, and if my media getting spread through Pirate Bay helps give people an alternative to throwing money into the hands of the sadistic bastards in the megacorps, than SO BE IT!