Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is planning to buy its own nation in an attempt to circumvent international copyright laws.
The group has set up a campaign to raise money to buy Sealand, a former British naval platform in the North Sea that has been designated a 'micronation', and claims to be outside the jurisdiction of the UK or any other country.
They say that you automatically gain the right to citizenship by donating.
It's hard to believe that they would go that far. It starts to sound ridiculous when you start reading their forums on http://www.buysealand.com
They have debates on what their laws should be. I don't really like their ideas of extreme communism. Some people were promoting slavery and a full scale military. (Hard to tell if they're serious, but I wouldn't doubt it). Some of them are pretty unrealistic and forget that they're a minority talking on an internet message board.
I'll admit I've been somewhat supportive of their campaigns in the past to push for copyright reform. Nothing extreme, but some extra enforcement of fair use would be nice. I firmly believe that creators of great work should be entitled to what they deserve. If people would stop leeching and at least buy the album of their favorite artist now and then, copyright laws wouldn't have to be as strict.[/i]