Pirate Bay's New Partner: North Korea
File-sharing site now routed through country
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 5, 2013 8:50 AM CST
This is an arranged photograph of the Pirate Bay homepage, taken Nov. 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Scanpix, Marc Femenia, File)

(Newser) – North Korea has been getting some odd guests lately. First it was Dennis Rodman; now, controversial file-sharing site Pirate Bay is making a home in the country, PC Magazine reports. "Today we can reveal that we have been invited by the leader of the republic of Korea, to fight our battles from their network," said the site in a blog post. Though some at first doubted the seriousness of the post, Torrentfreak says the site is being routed through the North—though its workers aren't actually based there.

It's "truly an ironic situation," says the Pirate Bay, which exited Sweden last week. "To our help comes a government famous in our part of the world for locking people up for their thoughts and forbidding access to information." The site hopes to effect some good in the country, which it says is "opening up." "We will do our best to influence the Korean leaders to also let their own population use our service," it said. "When someone is reaching out to make things better, it's also one's duty to grab their hand."

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Dec 10, 2014 10:51 AM CST
During the last depression, it cost 10 cents to see a movie. Now it costs $17.00 a ticket in some places. Is something wrong here? Then you have to wonder why people who buy a film think they have the right to share it with those less fortunate. While we are reforming sharing, the entire copyrighting system needs to be reformed as well. What is Sweden doing about that?
Mar 5, 2013 10:56 AM CST
If it is on Newser it must be true
Mar 5, 2013 10:08 AM CST
Way to do your research Newser. This was already debunked yesterday. They are faking the NK IP with their system. It is actually based in Phenom Penh, Cambodia. Here let me help you a bit and point you to an article by someone who actually does some legwork before posting an article as news. http://falkvinge.net/2013/03/05/evidence-the-pirate-bay-move-to-north-korea-was-a-prank-in-understandable-terms/