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August 6, 2011 4:56 AM   Subscribe

Are there any significant US organizations similar to Piratbyrån?

Piratbyrån was a Swedish think tank whose mission was to challenge conventional ideas about intellectual property rights. They were devoted to "freely sharing information and culture" and are internationally known for establishing The Pirate Bay (the site transferred ownership to another organization in 2004). Piratbyrån disbanded in 2010 after the death of Ibi Kopimi Botani, a co-founder.

Their self-definition:

Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy) is not an organization, at least not primarily. First and foremost, Piratbyrån is since its beginning in 2003 an ongoing conversation. We are reflecting over questions regarding copying, information infrastructure and digital culture. Within the group, using our own different experiences and skills, as in our daily encounters with other people. These conversations often bring about different kinds of activities.
posted by WhitenoisE to Society & Culture (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Electronic Frontier Foundation for the think tank/legal aspect, Creative Commons for the free sharing of culture side. Maybe Anonymous for the seedy decentralized lawbreaking underbelly -- it's not technically based anywhere, but 4chan is, as are many of its members.
posted by Rhaomi at 5:25 AM on August 6, 2011

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