Fredrik Neij from the piratebay held a speech at the successful pirate demonstration yesterday. He responded to the Piratebay raid stating: “AntipiratbyrÃ¥n, Bush, BodstrÃ¶m, or whoever gave the order for this pathetic attempt at an attack , give it up, and stop messing with the internet! It’s a battle you will not win!”.
“Over a period of three years, the pirate bay has grown from a small file-sharing site on a crappy ADSL-connection in Mexico to the world’s largest distributor of culture and media of all kinds.
Over a period of three years we have kept on ridiculing the threats from copyright advocates, and struggled to make as much as possible available to as many as possible.
During the last two years, we’ve built a file-sharing empire the like of which the world has never laid eyes on, a cluster of web-pages and servers used by millions of people worldwide. During an ordinary work day the pirate bay has fifteen million visitors. Which other culture oriented site could even dream of comparing to that?
Even though none spreads more culture than we do, it is the film- and music-mob that are trying to close us down! Over the years we’ve received countless mail threats, all of which have been responded to with appropriate insults. Never the less, we’ve kept on going, without any interruptions.
The internet is amazing! The users of the pirate bay, all of us together, send enough data to fill fifty DVD-R discs per second. Per second! That is an enormous amount of joy and pleasure.
So what about the future? What will happen now, when the Swedish state and Hollywood are making out like a newly wed couple? We will keep on mocking their threats and ridiculous attempts at stopping us! The pirate bay will be even more international, decentralized and unstoppable!
After BodstrÃ¶m and the police tried to attack us, help has poured in from around the world. Servers, bandwidth and economical contributions are offered without asking for anything in return. The people out there have seen how incredibly efficient BitTorrent is. And the people out there are starting to grow weary of constantly being pushed around by the film- and music-mob.
I am happy to announce today that The Pirate Bay is back up! After not much hard work everything that was up before the incident last Wednesday is back up again. This time we’re firing with the big cannons and say “IN YOUR FACE, HOLLYWOOD!”
So, you people at MPAA, AntipiratbyrÃ¥n, Bush, BodstrÃ¶m, or whoever gave the order for this pathetic attempt at an attack , give it up, and stop messing with the internet! It’s a battle you will not win!”
A Photo impression of the demonstration can be found over here