Archive for the 'Live Blogging' Category

16
Feb
09

The Pirate Bay Trial – day 1

So the trial is finally underway. Not really sure where to start. I have 18 tabs worth of articles that I want to tell you about.

Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Swedish Pirate Party was live blogging from the court room today. Several of the highlights involve Monique Wadsted, who represents the MPAA. She made the headlines when it was discovered that one of her former employers include the scientlogists. She protected their bible with the help of copyright, and she got of to a slightly rocky start to say the least. Pretty much the first words out her mouth(sv) were “I have not filed the proper papers, you will have them tomorrow”.  The papers in question verified that she is authorized to represent her American employers. Apparently not very important…

She then tried to get TPB to admit her American employers own the rights to the movies in the law suit. Each and every one of the defense told her to take a hike(sv). Problem for her here is that Swedish Copyright doesn’t recognize the movie companies as the proper rights holders. Instead the actors, photographers and so on own these rights. All this according to the prosecutor Håkan Roswall… Awesome teamwork there.

Mr Roswall had a few moments of his own. While demonstrating how TPB works(sv), he prompted the following quote from Rick:

“Roswall is currently showing a movie concerning the workings of The Pirate Bay. For those of us accustomed to drinking information through fire hoses, this moves at the speed of snails”.

As a side note to the movie is starts off by showing that among the hardware seized in the raid one of the non working machines (or at least the IT Forensics couldn’t get it to work) was the machine collecting the download statistics. The statistics the case in part is based on.

Another epic quote(sv) was dropped when Mr Roswall, slightly unwillingly, described how they located The Pirate Bay hardware during the raid:

“We contacted The Pirate Bay. It answered. So we pulled the power cord to the server rack. After that The Pirate Bay didn’t answer anymore. So we were sure we had the right rack”.

Then he went on to describe how they seized every other server of every other client in the server hall. Another side note is that all TPB hardware in the server hall was actually labeled “The Pirate Bay”.

After the first day of court the defense lawyer Per E. Sameulson(sv), said this about prosecutor Håkan Roswall:

“Hes jumping around, a meter under the bar. … He says he’s not going to go after the site because its impossible, and instead bring down the people behind it. Yet he spent the entire day describing the site and how it was built”.

Fredrik Neij aka TiAMO, was also less than impressed with the prosecutor saying:

“The level of the technical discussion is low and in several instances incorrect”.

If you can’t sue the site and your not suing the operators what are you doing in court?

On a slightly more humorous note, competition for the seats in the primary court room was fierce as reported by blogger Oscar Swartz who had to buy his court pass(sv) on the black market.

Even funnier was the article in DN titled “Bloggers Laugh at the Trial”(sv). But the article also has a very interesting source coming from the largest morning newspaper in Sweden. Its based of the live blogs from different pirate party members at the court house. In the middle of the FRA-Law last summer I was ridiculed on a forum for claiming that bloggers in Sweden can set the agenda just as much as olde media. Perhaps it will go over better this time.

Scaber Nestor has links to several other international sites covering the trial in a variety of languages.

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18
Jun
08

Swedish parliament under siege

Politikerbloggen quotes a police officer at the Swedish parliament saying that there is roughly 2000 people gathered to protest Lex Orwell. Its headline news all over at the moment, and I so wish I could have been there!

I would stay up and follow this as it develops, but there are other issues i must attend to now. I’ll try and collect some of the english articles I found on this ASAP.

I hope whatever bloggers are there take lots and lots of pictures!

18
Jun
08

Back to the drawingboard

157 yes. At least a third of the 349 MP’s had to vote yes to accomplish this, so the result is far from surprising. Problem is now they will add more topping to this turd and try to make us swallow it when we’re not looking. Fact of the matter is you can’t make this bill fit into any definition of an enlightened democracy.

At this stage the only acceptable recourse is to scrap FRA, turn it inside out to establish just how far their illegal activities went, and distribute what ever actual competence and useful hardware they have among other Swedish institutions and organizations that can use them. I bet NSC would love that HP Cluster Platform 3000 13728 (Xeon), InfiniBand system that FRA bought recently.

Lex Orwell will resurface, maybe even later today. And with sluggishness of old-media chances are most people wont know what hit them. The blogosphere has all ears to the ground and will do its best to fight it. After all we know full well just how how much of our private lives will be effected by this bill. And history has taught us that the results over time will be disastrous.

18
Jun
08

The Vote has begun

The voting is about to start and I’v just returned with a big fat piece of vanilla-rasberry cake. Theres alot more people present today. Not sure when they will get to the FRA-bill. My first time watching a voting, thes will be interesting.

17
Jun
08

Jan Lindholm (mp)

Another speaker from the Swedish Green party.

He spoke interestingly about how the amuont of people taknig an interest in this is more telling than whatsactually wrong with it. Not sure I’d agree there, but maybe that comes from extensive internet usage. Gathering large amounts of peolpe online is easy, about as easy as finding bad arguments IRL.

Lindholm cosiders this a historic event, with so many people enganing themselves. And he says that there has been a shift in focus from gathering people in marches to actually threating to replace the MP’s through elections. And I agree, you need to put people in those seats that actually understands the issues. That understands the changes to society that the infarmation age has brought forth.

After this he went of on a great big drugs trip and started talking unrelated enviromental issues. But thankfully it wore off and he demonstarted that he had spent alot of time making up his own mind on this.

Other live blogs from the debate:

Opassande
Rick Falkvinge
Pirat-Janne
Oscar Swartz
Projo
Svensson
Röd Libertarian
IDG
Aftonbladet
Politikerbloggen

17
Jun
08

Lage Rahm (mp) – A speaker in white

I found a working live feed. And I’m watching an MP from the green party. He’s also quite angry. Starting of a bit shaky, he got warmed up towards the end touching upon virtiually all problems with the law. Dressed in white he brought out every gun he could and actually recieved a snide comment about him using almost 50% more time than he asked for.

As speeches go he could have done better, but where facts and opinions are concerned he got it all right.

Other live blogs from the debate:

Opassande
Rick Falkvinge
Pirat-Janne
Oscar Swartz
Projo
Svensson
Röd Libertarian
IDG
Aftonbladet
Politikerbloggen

edited for speeling and grammar