Music pirates, that is:
Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is planning to buy its own nation in an attempt to circumvent international copyright laws.
The group has set up a campaign to raise money to buy Sealand, a former British naval platform in the North Sea that has been designated a 'micronation', and claims to be outside the jurisdiction of the UK or any other country.
Not only that, they're willing to give citizenship to anyone willing to kick in a few bucks towards the purchase:
"It should be a great place for everybody, with high-speed Internet access, no copyright laws and VIP accounts to The Pirate Bay," the organization claims on its website www.buysealand.com.
Sounds like a great deal, and worth throwing in a few bucks. Everybody say ARRRR!
PS. Meanwhile Stephen Harper's Tories plan Draconian copyright legislation.
PPS. And I thought it was just a coincidence that I've felt the sudden urge to download Cardigans' tunes in the last couple of days. Obviously, I was channeling Pirate Bay vibes through the ether. Check out the Swedish quintets covers of "Iron Man" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" by Black Sabbath.