The torrenttracker/site swebits is down. Most of you who tend to use this site has most likely noticed
the nice sign at the door regarding first, a DDoS attack and then faulty hardware in servers abroad
wich makes it a little harder to fix.
Heres a swedish article about it: http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/1.2349481/fildelningssajt-har-lagts-ned
And just like the terror organisations in middle east, out comes Henrik Ponte’n and claims responsability.
To me, its a little similar to the movie “Life of brian” and the different
liberations groups that’s there and that they all take responsability
for the actions perpetrated.
Nowhere was there any “proof” that anti piracy firms are involved in this
and despite this, Henrik alledges that “The owner of the site has gotten
nervousdue to resent events” Now, correct me if I am wrong, but
wouldn’t the correct time to be nervous be around the time of the
#spectrial where Henrik so prominently figured?
I can understand that this man is a mouthpiece and it is his job to be,
but seriously somewhere, someone will have to draw the line.
Now, Henrik, I ask you: Has anyone on the swebits team been arrested,
that was actually on that team, or simply some poor sap with the hardware
to be a good seeder?
Has there been a seizure of the actual server hardware? and the million
dollar question: Have your “team” filed a claim against Google yet?
Of course there is propaganda involved in this. Do not be mistake, this is a kind of war that is being fought online, between filesharing activists and monetary interrests and unfortunatly, the casualties in this war is freedom of speech and personal integrity.
Personal integrity has already been locked up in a dungeon and has been severly beaten, to the point
of actually be in a coma and needing life support, but sofar, freedom of speech has managed relatively
unscathed… unless you count a few anal gangrapes…
These days censoring things have become more and more
common again for some reason and unfortunatly, the
reasons are none other then pure greed and monetary interrests.
Do you remember when democracy was a lead and a motto that
was to be followed and everyone was to have their say in the
proceedings in what went on and what was decided?
Well, when it comes to art, this is no longer true. Lets say that
I make a really cool video with pretty much whatever, it might
even be one of the best/funniest/saddest/whatever in the world
but the theme goes perfectly together with one of all these cookie
cutout artists songs that are so popular in the mainstream these days,
so I decide to use one of them as a background song for the video.
It fits perfectly and I decide to put the thing on youtube or whatever,
and voila, I get the sound removed from the movie or even get the
movie deleted because a record company or other owns the
copyright for this song. … but.. but.. I am not stealing your music,
I am using it yes, but I am not cutting into your monetary interrests
by using it as an audio backdrop, am I?
Now, I dont create that much music, and probably never will, I do however, as you can see
create digital art and if someone wants to us it for pretty much whatever, I am only happy to oblige
and my conditions are simple. 1. dont claim you made the image and 2. send me a link with the final
thing so I can watch in awe and admire your work and know that I had a part in it. Whats the harm in that?
I really cant see it.
Now, lets say that I am a well paid recording artist with a few dollars more then the blue collar guy
in my wallet, wouldn’t it be good of me to spread my work out a little and let users create using what I have
already created and hence maybe enlarging my fanbase and in the end open up possibilities for a bigger
Unni Drougge released audio books on pirate bay without any intention of getting paid for it, since
“everyone knows that filesharing is stealing”, yet, someone urged her to set up a paypal account,
and guess what…. she got paid, and paid pretty much the same amount that a normal advancement on a
novel from a real publisher would have gotten her.
Hold the phone right here. Yeah, just stop and smell the greens. Pirates actually PAID to download her
audiobook from a place that is known to keep everything free. Now, something is twisted here.
Now, I dont presume to know how the big record, software and movie companies think, and I probably
never will get that insight seeing that I am who I am, but really, shouldn’t new ways of reaching potential
customers be welcomed? There will always be filesharing, theres been filesharing since the old days
when a few holes in a square piece of cardboard was all that was needed to create a working software copy,
and I very much doubt that a phenomenon so ingrained will be removed, more likely it will be pushed
underground and sadly, that will also open up for other, worse situations with other activities best
So, I have previously made my standpoint clear in what I think, and I will keep it as a mantra and
repeat it over and over and over and over again. I DO belive that artists should get paid for their
efforts, but I also feel that there are a lot of things that needs to be changed, such as the time that they
have an exclusive right for looooooong after they have passed away…. sheesh. When it comes
to software there are also different models that might work, and I even left a suggestion earler,
if you want to browse it, you can find that HERE
Now, this whole post became a giant sidetrack in itself, I think I would be better off stopping here
so I will do just that and say the following: Clear your own yard before complaining about someone
Well, today is the day when the swedish government will be able to monitor all traffic that is going to
cross swedish servers (i wonder how long it will take for them to realize that MOST things that goes
over the internet will go abroad…. i do hope they have plenty of storage space) so, as of today
I will start giving some tips on how to protest this idiocity, in a few easy steps.
First up, for you bloggers. Unless you are doing like me and hosting your own servers,
you are most likely using blogger.com or wordpress.com blogs. Both situated in the US.
Now, all your bloggposts will be monitored when sent online, and you wont get a single
reader point for it. Depressing isn’t it? However, you can protest that with an easy set of
First off, I am pretty sure that they are not sitting there and manually scanning all the
data being sent through the nodes, but rather using an advanced filter algorithm that
goes through what you are sending and if something suspicious is found, saves it to be
controlled at a later date. Now, lets see if we can activate that filter and get our posts
stored shall we?
Add this paragraph as the last part of your post and voila, you will most likely get scanned.
Jihad, Mulla, Sarine, C4, Explosives, Plane, Hizbollah, Infidels, Muhammed, Sura, Subway, Stockholm,
shipment, panic, authorities, Akbar, seize, attack, heart, anarchy, riot, cataclysmic.
Now, I am pretty sure that you recognize the words, and I am pretty sure that if a machine is set
to search for words that may give hints of future acts of terrorism would be squeeling in delight
at that combination of words.
Now, the majority of people in sweden seems to be using e-mail services from either gmail, hotmail or yahoo. Guess what.. neither of those are situated in Sweden. So, no more steamy e-mails to your
missis while she is visiting her mothers, because one wrong word in it, and most likely, your
email will get stored so that someone can read it. Great huh? Now, you can protest to this
aswell using the above mentioned string of words, but why not do it in a more blatant way?
Add an automatic CC to firstname.lastname@example.org and save them the trouble of scanning your mail
since you will be sending them a copy of every mail you send. On top of that, if more
people do the same thing, you will get a nicely spammed box in that system. And heres the
kicker: If they have a catch-all adress, that one will be spammed too. Not by bulk mail, but
by information that they explicitly have asked for.
Now, most of you who read blogs are pretty well versed in technology, but still dont
really want to be bothered with the deep details about encryption, but there are easy
ways to come around the traffic scanners. One is using encrypted traffic.
Here are a few easy ways to do just that. Follow one of these links
Until next time.
You all know the drill. When I start
to talk about politics, there is usually
a rant in the making and this time is
no different then the previous ones.
Most of you have read my thoughts
in regard if the FRA and IPRED laws
and knows my standpoint. If not
It’s really not that complicated to
understand that: Yes, I want artists
to get paid and NO, I do not think the
government has anything to do with
my inbox or sent box.
Pherhaps they do, but I dislike the
fact that now, you need NO SUSPICION
WHATSOEVER to start what was previously frown upon.
Due to these laws, the swedish PiratPartiet has gained a large following and what they
are going on about is the issues of integrity and privacy online, and really, I agree
with the party in that matter, but there are some other parts that I dislike about it
but hey, thats my personal point of view, on with the show here before I sidetrack.
Due to that massive influx of members to the pirate party some of the other political
parties are doing what political parties do best. Lie and fish for votes using outright
fabrications, deceptions and of course, smooth talking. This has always been
the recipy for success for them, even though it is old and most people have
long since lost any respect for the established parties for many different matters.
What is commonly called the “labour party” here in sweden, Socialdemokraterna
is now doing a turncoat. Just last week they released a report and the initial lines
was these, but in swedish: “We are growing deeply concerned about the increased
effect for integrity and legal security that is being implemented in a rapid pace.”
This can be read in this article:
So… lets make connect some dots here.
The man who instigated this hysteria when it came to read everyones loveletters
and political messages via email was, and forever will be: Tomas Bodström.
Now, Tomas, Mona and the rest of you, feel free to correct me if I am wrong
here but isnt Tomas a prominent member of Socialdemokraterna.
I am pretty sure that was the case when he actually handed over the proposition
that started all of this. Later on, Fredrik Rheinfeldt and his league of extraordinarie
wealthy and tax-evaders came along and saw that “Hmm, I bet we can get some
money out of this” and clubbed the proposition through, and now Sweden is
about as guarded as old Soviet or Germany when it was under STASI surveillance.
So, I ask you these questions:
With those questions out of the way, lets continue.
Göran Färm, from the labour party stated this idiocy:
“When these desicions where made, there where good reasons for them,
but now we see how many different propositions they really are.
This report is a signal that we as “Socialdemokrater”(labour party members)
in the parlament is actually ready to rethink our previous standpoints.”
Oh, come on. You my friend, are fishing for votes and both you, me and the
people know it. You are no longer a party that can be trusted with issues
on personal integrity, privacy and pretty much ANYTHING that can be
of interrest to multinational companies.
Who should my vote go to if the election was today?
Ok, I will give you a hint. the pirate party has an issue that
is very dear to me, and well, that would be my vote. Either that
or I should vote NO to drive on the right side of the road.
Come on politicians. I am a voter. Find something that can sway me,
because right now, you established parties have only managed to
spit on my privacy, now, when its dried, you want to cover it
with some makeup, that will flake and fall away after the election.