Pirate Bay's New Partner: North Korea

File-sharing site now routed through country

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2013 8:50 AM CST

(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."

This is an arranged photograph of the Pirate Bay homepage, taken Nov. 21, 2008.
This is an arranged photograph of the Pirate Bay homepage, taken Nov. 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Scanpix, Marc Femenia, File)
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