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January 15, 2007 | Filed under:

When I started my job as CTO at Kazaa, a hilarious myth spread across the internet claiming that I lived alone on an oil rig, keeping the Kazaa engine running in a defiant act of solitude.

I enjoyed reading this in my Sydney office.

Historically, PirateBay have been quite impressive with their courage in the face of the mighty copyright groups such as the RIAA but their latest plan is, sadly, as hilarious as the rumours that I lived on an oil rig.

NewTeeVee is reporting that they have launched a campaign to buy Sealand which is an oil rig in the North Sea (off the coast of Britain) with its own passports and currency.

Even though PirateBay Co might be based in the copyright free principality of Sealand:

  1. The servers can't run from there. I am not sure of the capacity of Sealand - I assume there is non since a fire destroyed the generator last year. Other 'copyright-free' countries exist but any popular website will bring down their international phone system at peak times. The servers will have to go somewhere which exposes them to legal attacks.
  2. The people will not live on Sealand. Wherever they are, this is another point of weakness.

They are having fun, but it is a dangerous game that I believe they cannot win.

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