Tue Jan 22, 2008 08:06
The Swedish authorities are known for their foul play against The Pirate Bay. Perhaps the biggest mistake they made was in the weeks before the raid, almost two years ago, when they caved in to pressure from the USA and MPAA. But their latest move is pretty low, even for them.
The Swedish police are doing an exhibition about online crime, and somehow thought that it was a good idea to include The Pirate Bay. Strange, because the Pirate Bay case hasn?t even gone to court yet. Nevertheless, the police decided to put them on display anyway, together with convicted pedophiles and cyber-criminals.
Brokep, one of the founders of the popular BitTorrent tracker couldn?t believe it when he read the news: ?There's no trial. No conviction. TPB has done nothing wrong. And still, the police think it's OK to show off the site together with convicted pedophiles and other nasty scum. And without asking permission from anyone involved with the site,? he writes on his weblog. Brokep decided to contact the organizers of the exhibition, who admitted that they were wrong, and immediately removed all material about The Pirate Bay.
This is not the first time Brokep has fired back at the Swedish authorities, and certainly not the first time they?ve made a mistake, as Brokep sums up at least 10 other ?mistakes? in his blog post.
A few months ago we wrote about the alleged conspiracy against The Pirate Bay. One of the Bay?s biggest enemies seems to be Bodström, Minister of Justice in Sweden. He is the person who was held responsible for the Pirate Bay raid last year, after the US gently pressured him into taking action.
This is probably not the last clash The Pirate Bay will have with the Swedish authorities, but let?s hope they will at least obey the law next time, and not judge people before they are actually convicted of a crime. Questions will surely be raised about the negative effect these type of actions are having on The Pirate Bay crew?s chances for a fair trial.