Peter @brokep Sunde, co-founder of the filesharing site The Pirate Bay and European Pirate Party candidate for the EU Commission Presidency, was arrested in Sweden on Saturday evening. Interpol has been searching for Sunde for “assisting in making copyright content available”.

Our Commission Presidency candidate Peter Sunde has my full support. By founding the Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde has done a great service to the free exchange of knowledge and culture across all borders. The international protest movement against the Pirate Bay verdict has shown that the enforcement of copyright is excessive and has completely lost touch with digital culture. Instead of criminalizing an entire generation, we must finally undertake a comprehensive European copyright reform and update the copyright regime to the digital age.


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    Putting an image on your website costs 1200€ if someone claims copyright, but e.g. blocking the entrance to a fire service with a parking car costs 50€ if an emergency happened (and 35€ if none happened). Those penalties should be reversed.

    Also such copyright laws are impossible to enforce on everyone no matter what you do. Not even China is able to tame the internet and they sure as hell are trying.

    But oh well, judging from the election results it seems that an entire generation passionately desires to be criminalized, just so they can rage about it. Same procedure as EVERY year, James!

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