I obviously do not support illegal file-trading (perish the thought!), but it's hard not to like file-trading site The Pirate Bay. Months after its founding members were charged in Sweden and fined millions of dollars, and the day after a judge ordered that the site be closed, The Pirate Bay is still up and still hosting links to files.
Re-posted below is a Pirate Bay communique sent to the world this morning. Please enjoy:
We have, ourselves, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our Internets, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
Even though large parts of Internets and many old and famous trackers have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Ifpi and all the odious apparatus of MPAA rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the ef-nets and darknets, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Internets, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the baywords.org, we shall fight on the /. and on the digg, we shall fight in the courts; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, the Internets or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Anon Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Cerf's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
The Pirate Bay Crew - Now until needed.
What this means in light of the Pirate Bay's recent sale to Global Gaming Factory X, and the promise that the Pirate Bay would go legit remains to be seen.