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I erased a very outdated description of activities, which included providing guides for file-sharing (something which is very far from Piratbyrån's role as of today) and arranging a yearly demonstration (which hasn't happened since 2007). Instead, I added a motivation from the jury of Prix Ars Electronica, which much better characterizes the kind of activities Piratbyrån involves in. --Julmust (talk) 22:48, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
I've pointed the link for forum to Internet forum - if this isn't correct please feel free to revert the edit. Politepunk 16:53, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Explanation of viewpoint
I'm confused - this article doesn't explain their argument at all. For example, if piracy were legal, why would people create art? Can someone expand this article with argument for and against them? Thanks Rm999
- Take a look at anti-copyright.-- Roc VallèsTalk|Hist - 11:11, 2 November 2006 (UTC)
- One may argue the exact opposite: That copyright protections REDUCE the incentive to create art, by creating a legal disincentive. Before publishing a work, one must take great legal care to ensure that it does not resemble any of millions of copyrighted works in any substantial way. Compare, for example, the extraordinary number of works produced during the renaissance with the number of works introduced since the introduction of copyright law, taking into consideration the immense difficulty of production and reproduction during the renaissance vs. the ease of modern production and reproduction. While there is an argument for the most basic of copyright protections (the prohibition of direct duplication of a work with the intent of financial gain or fraud), modern copyright extends far beyond such reasonable protection. Apart from the doctrines of communism and socialism, I do not believe that anyone rational has implied that an artist should not be allowed to profit from their works.
- Further, given the disincentive of the legal ramifications of releasing a work without intense research of prior art, it may also be argued that copyright law harms the individual and aids the collective of a corporation - which runs contrary to some of the core principles of both capitalist and democratic societies.
- The arguments for and against copyright are, of course, beyond the scope of the article. 22.214.171.124 07:08, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Piratbyrån just published a report on their activities of 2007, including a self-description rather different from the description presented on Wikipedia: http://piratbyran.org/PBverksamhet2007/PB%20activities%202007%20(text%20only).pdf —Preceding unsigned comment added by Julmust (talk • contribs) 22:44, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
it's not just speculation that the name is a reference to antipiratbyrån, I have heard spokesmen explicitly say this. I wish I could provide a link, it's a youtube video somewhere. It's not really meant to be humerous though, they jus felt that antipiratbyrån needed a counterpart, so that their bullshit would not go unchallenged.
- How should we translate byrå? Currently it's translated as bureau in The Pirate Bereau but as agency in the Anti Pirate Agency. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 09:45, 17 April 2009 (UTC)