This is big. After confronting copyright owners, law enforcement agencies and basically being involved in reforming copyright law and protecting online privacy, The Swedish Pirate Party will definitely cause another huge controversy with their latest announcement – to launch the first Pirate ISP in the world.
When the world’s most popular file sharing site encountered legal issues with hosts being forced to end support for The Pirate Bay, The Swedish Pirate Party stepped in offering to supply bandwidth for the site (and they would use Parliamentary immunity to be able to do that and run the site from inside the Swedish Parliament! – now that’s a great blow to the entertainment’s moguls)
This new move by Swedish Pirate Party is meant to provide Internet within the principles the party stands for. The Pirate ISP will be launched at the end of this summer together with technology partners and operated by ViaEuropa, the company that developed the iPredator anonymity service.
“The Pirate ISP is needed in different ways. One is to compete with other ISPs, let them fight more for our internet. If they don’t behave there will always be someone else taking their share,” Gustav Nipe, student of economics, long-standing Pirate Party member and CEO of Pirate ISP told TorrentFreak.
Besides being a rival to the other services the Pirate ISP will be focusing on ensuring the best possible privacy for all its customers who will be kept anonymous.
With regard to the possible (read: inevitable) opposition from outside Sweden (somehow, I doubt U.S. will not freak out about the project) Nipe said:
“They can bring on whatever they have, we will refuse to follow there. We don’t agree with what they are saying and we don’t agree with the laws they are making so if they have an issue with us, then we will have an issue – but that’s it.”
We’re really looking forward to seeing the unfolding of events from here on and we’ll definitely keep you posted.