- By Evgeny MorozovEvgeny Morozov is a fellow at the Open Society Institute and sits on the board of OSI's Information Program. He writes the Net Effect blog on ForeignPolicy.com
As more and more governments are beginning to tackle Internet piracy, zeroing in on the peer-to-peer services like the Pirate Bay and Mininova, the pirates are coming up with fresh and innovative responses. As the future of the Pirate Bay remains uncertain, a group of the site’s fans from Germany have decided not to take any risks and create an offline copy of their favorite service.
Most interestingly, this copy is stored in a dedicated "piracy kiosk" located next to a car park in Weimar, Germany; the kiosk is not connected to the Internet but the public can connect to the service via WiFi in the area near the kiosk. The car park location is strategic: anyone who feels nostalgic for the good old Pirate Bay can park their car near the kiosk and download all they want to their laptops.
The team behind the kiosk says that anyone can set up a similar service in their house; if enough Pirate Bay fans get interested, it may result in a very intriguing distributed version of the service running off the Internet.