PirateBay's Sunde calls for fundamental changes to copyright

Current laws only exist to enrich corporations not to encourage creativity, PirateBay founder says.
Written by Richard Koman, Contributor on

The Pirate Bay is not a piracy operation but rather a "semi-political group" and an "art project," Pirate Bay cofounder Peter Sunde told the Globe and Mail's Matt Hartley in a post-conviction interview. "It's a bit of everything." Sunde went on to make an interesting argument about the place of copyright in the evolving century: It's a law that now serves chiefly to enrich megacorporations at the expense of the community. Choice bits:

It's a political thing and The Pirate Bay is a tool to make people aware of [intellectual property] and to ... not break it, but ignore it, rather.

Simply put I would say that today copyright and intellectual property is based upon the notion that big companies will make a lot of money out of it, which is not why the community would want some kind of intellectual property and we need to redefine that, we can't have the copyright that has been abused by these companies for so long and we need to redefine what kind of copyright we should have, if we should have any type of copyright, which I think would be the best, we're not for abolishing copyright, we're just for really major remodelling of it. I would say--to be more fair with how people want to use media, how people want to use the information they can get that they want.

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