Peter Sunde

Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (born 13 September 1978), alias brokep, is a Swedish entrepreneur and politician. Sunde is of Norwegian and Finnish ancestry.[1][2] He is best known for being a co-founder and ex-spokesperson of The Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent search engine.[3] He is an equality advocate and has expressed concerns over issues of centralization of power to the European Union in his blog.[4] Sunde also participates in the Pirate Party of Finland and describes himself as a socialist.[5] As of April 2017, Sunde has been working on a new venture called Njalla, a privacy oriented domain name registrar.[6]

Peter Sunde
Peter sunde close up
Sunde in 2009
Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi

13 September 1978 (age 40)
Other namesbrokep
OccupationPolitician, spokesperson
Known forCo-founder of The Pirate Bay
Founder of Flattr
Co-founder of Kvittar
Co-founder of IPREDator
Founder of Njalla

Personal life

Before the founding of the Pirate Bay Sunde worked for a large German medical company. In 2003 he became a member of Sweden's Piratbyrån (The Pirate Bureau) and a few months later Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm started The Pirate Bay with Sunde as the spokesperson.[7] He remained The Pirate Bay's spokesperson until late 2009 (three years after the ownership of the site transferred to Reservella). In August 2011 Sunde and fellow Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij launched file-sharing site BayFiles, that aims to legally share.[8] Sunde is vegan[9] and speaks Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, English and German.

Peter Sunde ran for European Parliament in 2014 election with the Pirate Party of Finland.[10]

On 31 May 2014, just days after the EU elections and exactly eight years after the police raided The Pirate Bay servers, Sunde was arrested at a farm in Oxie, Malmö to serve his prison sentence for the Pirate Bay case.[11] He was released five months later after having served two-thirds of his eight-month sentence.[12]

The Pirate Bay trial

On 31 January 2008, The Pirate Bay operators – Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström (CEO of The Pirate Bay's former ISP) – were charged with "assisting [others in] copyright infringement".[13] The trial began on 16 February 2009. On 17 April 2009, Sunde and his co-defendants were found to be guilty of "assisting in making copyright content available" in the Stockholm District Court. Each defendant was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay damages of 30 million SEK (approximately 2,740,900 or US$3,620,000), to be apportioned among the four defendants.[14] After the verdict a press conference was held where Sunde held up a handwritten IOU statement claiming that is all the damages he will pay, adding "Even if I had any money I would rather burn everything I own and not even give them the ashes. They could have the job of picking them up. That's how much I hate the media industry."[15]

The defendants' lawyers appealed to the Svea Court of Appeal together with a request for a retrial in the district court claiming bias on the part of judge Tomas Norström.[16] The district court ruled there was no bias and denied the request for a retrial. On appeal, the jail sentences were reduced, but the damages increased. The supreme court of Sweden subsequently refused to hear any further appeal. The European Court of Human Rights also later rejected an appeal.[17]

Segments of an interview with Sunde talking about copyright, the Internet, and culture are featured in the 2007 documentary Steal This Film and 2013 documentary TPB AFK.


Flattr is a micropayments system started by Sunde and Linus Olsson, which enables viewers of websites to make small donations to the developer by clicking a "Flattr this" button. At the time of the projects's announcement in February 2010, Sunde explained that "the money you pay each month will be spread evenly among the buttons you click in a month. We want to encourage people to share money as well as content."[18] Flattr itself takes a 10% administration fee.[18]

After WikiLeaks's initial publication of the U.S. Diplomatic Cables, companies including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Moneybookers blocked donations and money transfers to the site. Flattr, however, continued allowing donations to WikiLeaks. Sunde commented "We [Flattr] think their work is exactly what is needed and if we can help just a little bit, we will."[19]

On 5 April 2017, Adblock Plus publisher Eyeo GmbH announced that it had acquired Flattr for an undisclosed amount.[20]


On 9 July 2013, Peter Sunde, together with Leif Högberg and Linus Olsson, announced a fundraising campaign for Hemlis.[21] Their goal was to launch a mass market messenger that was private, secure and beautiful.[22]

On 22 April 2015, the Hemlis team announced that they were discontinuing the development of the Hemlis messaging platform.[23]


On 14 December 2015, Sunde released a video[24] on his Vimeo account of a device called "Kopimashin", a machine made with a Raspberry Pi running a Python routine to produce 100 copies per second of Gnarls Barkley's single "Crazy", redirecting the copies to /dev/null (where the data is discarded), surpassing eight million copies per day.

The following day, Sunde published the full description of the device and project at Konsthack as the first art project of the site's portfolio.[25]

The machine has an LCD screen (as shown in the video) that calculates a running tally of the damages it has supposedly inflicted upon the record industry through its use, accordingly to what RIAA claims on their website.[26] If RIAA's claims are valid, it also means the record industry is supposed to bankrupt soon due to Kopimashin,[27] a claim the project seeks to disprove with a physical example.

A few days later, Sunde told news site TorrentFreak that Kopimashin was created to "show the absurdity on the process of putting a value to a copy", and that "putting a price to a copy is futile."[28] also noting that it's merely an act against the record industry itself and recording labels, who have claimed millions of dollars in losses to the music industry to be caused by Sunde and The Pirate Bay over the past years.

See also


  1. ^ Kuprijanko, Alexander (7 February 2009). "Jag känner inte att jag gör något fel". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 10 April 2009.
  2. ^ Waters, Darren (16 April 2009). "Countdown to Pirate Bay verdict". BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  3. ^ Thorkildsen, Joakim (2008-01-31). "Norske Peter tiltalt i The Pirate Bay-saken". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-06-29.
  4. ^ "EUP 2014 — Copy me happy". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  5. ^ Mollen, Joost (11 December 2015). "Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde: I have given up". Motherboard.
  6. ^ "Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  7. ^ "Pirate Bay's Founding Group 'Piratbyrån' Disbands". TorrentFreak. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  8. ^ "Pirate Bay Founders Launch "Legal" File-Sharing Site". 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  9. ^ Staff, Wired. "Pirate Bay Crew Chums Up to Foes Over Lunch". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Pirate Bay Co-Founder to Run For European Parliament - TorrentFreak". 14 May 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  11. ^ "The Pirate Bay Spokesperson Peter Sunde Arrested in Sweden, Revolution News". Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde freed after 5 months in prison". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Pirate Bay Future Uncertain After Operators Busted". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  14. ^ "The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty - TorrentFreak". 17 April 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  15. ^ Kiss, Jemima (17 April 2009). "Pirate Bay defendant: we can't and won't pay". The Guardian. London.
  16. ^ "Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial". The Local. 2009-04-23.
  17. ^ "The European Court of Human Rights rejects Pirate Bay file-sharing appeal" Archived 14 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ a b "Pirate boss to make the web pay". BBC News. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  19. ^ "Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi : Kevin Trudeau Show". 23 August 2010. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  20. ^ Ha, Anthony. "The company behind Adblock Plus is acquiring micropayment service Flattr". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  21. ^ "Protected Blog › Log in". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Pirate Bay Founder to Launch NSA-proof Messenger App - TorrentFreak". 10 July 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Protected Blog › Log in". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  24. ^ "KH000//Kopimashin". 14 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Konsthack > Portfolio > KH000 // Kopimashin". 15 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  26. ^ "RIAA > Piracy Online > Who Music Theft Hurts". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  27. ^ "RIAA > Piracy Online > Scope of the Problem". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  28. ^ "Pirate Bay Founder Builds the Ultimate Piracy Machine". 19 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.

External links

1978 in Norway

Events in the year 1978 in Norway.


The stichting BREIN (Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland) translates roughly as association for the Protection of the Rights of the Entertainment Industry of the Netherlands. BREIN (English: Brain or Brains) is an association in which the Dutch recording industry and movie studios participate.

Christine Schürrer

Christine Schürrer (born June 30, 1976 in Hanover) is a German citizen who was convicted of murdering two Swedish children, and seriously injuring their mother with 15 blows to the head with a hammer, after attacking them in their home in Arboga, Sweden, on March 17, 2008. The motive for the murders has been identified as jealousy, since Schürrer had dated the children's stepfather in 2006 while he was on holiday on the Greek island of Crete where she was working at a local hostel.

Along with the crimes of Anders Eklund, Schürrer's case became the most noted and most followed criminal case in Sweden in 2008.


Flattr is a Swedish-based microdonation subscription service where subscribers opt-in to pay a monthly patronage to help fund their favourite websites and creators.

Flattr subscribers install an open-source browser extension that records which websites they frequent and shares this data with Flattr. Flattr processes this user data and pays out shares of the user's subscription to each registered Flattr creator based on which websites the user consumed. Flattr filters websites by domains with a default whitelist of participating domains, but individual users can override and contribute to any website they want or withhold contributions from any website.

Gottfrid Svartholm

Per Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (born 17 October 1984), alias anakata, is a Swedish computer specialist, known as the former co-owner of the web hosting company PRQ and co-founder of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay together with Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde.

Parts of an interview with Svartholm commenting on the May 2006 police raid of The Pirate Bay are featured in Good Copy Bad Copy and Steal This Film. He is a main focus of the documentary TPB AFK.

In May 2013, WikiLeaks revealed Svartholm Warg collaborated with the organization for the 2010 release of Collateral Murder, the helicopter cockpit gunsight video of a July 2007 airstrike by U.S. forces in Baghdad. According to WikiLeaks, Svartholm served as technical consultant and managed infrastructure critical to the organization.On 27 November 2013 he was extradited to Denmark, where he was charged with infiltrating the Danish social security database, driver’s licence database, and the shared IT system used in the Schengen zone. Awaiting his court trial, he was being held in solitary confinement. The court trial ended on 31 October 2014 and he was found guilty by the jury and sentenced to three and a half years in prison. He immediately appealed the sentence, but, fearing that he may try to evade his sentence, the judges ruled that he should be held in confinement until the appeal court trial.After spending three years in different prisons from Sweden and Denmark, he was eventually released on 29 September 2015 and is ready to get back to work again in IT.


IPredator is a virtual private networking service offered with the stated goal of providing internet privacy. It was co-founded by Peter Sunde, as a response to the introduction of IPRED in Sweden, which will allow copyright holders and law enforcement officials to request personal information about copyright infringement suspects.On 12 August 2009, the beta testing invitations were sent out to those who entered their email addresses into the beta signup form. Additionally, the homepage has changed to reflect the beta. The initially only used PPTP (supported natively in XP, Vista, Windows 7, OS X and Linux through the use of PPTP-linux) to tunnel the connection through servers ( which resolves to multiple IP addresses) located in Sweden.

On September 14, 2009, IPredator "The Second Batch" became available for public consumption.

On November 28, 2009, IPredator became publicly available and exited the beta stage. This was done to counteract FRA, which started listening to internet traffic over the Swedish borders on December 1. To reflect this, The Pirate Bay changed their logo on December 1, 2009, to an image from the game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! depicting FRA as the opponent Glass Joe, which is a legendary easy opponent from the game. The image linked to with the message "FRA vs IPredator - It's on!"

On Windows clients using built-in PPTP, it is recommended to disable IPv6, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks and Client for Microsoft Networks because these features may disclose information. Using OpenVPN instead has no such issues, and provides full native IPv6 connectivity.

OpenVPN support was added during August 2012.On July 2013, PayPal stopped providing payment services to Ipredator. In addition, all the organization’s funds have been frozen for up to 180 days.IPredator's blog states that "PayPal reinstated our account" as of August 26, 2013.As of November 2014, the service costs SEK 50 (or $8, or €6) per month. The site accepts credit card payments via Payza and payment processors PayPal, OKPay, Payson, and Bitcoin.

Open-door academic policy

An open-door academic policy, or open-door policy, is a policy if a university accepting to enroll students without asking for evidence of previous education, experience, or references. Usually, payment of the academic fees (or financial support) is all that is required to enroll.

Universities may not employ the open-door policy for all their courses, and those that have a universal open-door policy where all courses have no entry requirements are called open universities. The policy is seen to be a part of the educational revolution. From the dictionary meaning of the open-door policy, which is the idea of granting access to those who want access to the country freely, a similar idea can be drawn in terms of education.According to Deepa Rao, the open-door academic policy is one of the main ways in which adult learners become a part of university/college life. The recognized demand for post-secondary education made many institutions commit strongly to the policy, but many concealed limitations in the policy can prevent some from securing a degree.

Open admissions

Open admissions, or open enrollment, is a type of unselective and noncompetitive college admissions process in the United States in which the only criterion for entrance is a high school diploma or a certificate of attendance or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

Open collaboration

Open collaboration is "any system of innovation or production that relies on goal-oriented yet loosely coordinated participants who interact to create a product (or service) of economic value, which they make available to contributors and noncontributors alike." It is prominently observed in open source software, but can also be found in many other instances, such as in Internet forums, mailing lists and online communities. Open collaboration is also thought to be the operating principle underlining a gamut of diverse ventures, including bitcoin, TEDx, and Wikipedia.Open collaboration is the principle underlying peer production, mass collaboration, and wikinomics. It was observed initially in open source software, but can also be found in many other instances, such as in Internet forums, mailing lists, Internet communities, and many instances of open content, such as creative commons. It also explains some instances of crowdsourcing, collaborative consumption, and open innovation.Riehle et al. define open collaboration as collaboration based on three principles of egalitarianism, meritocracy, and self-organization. Levine and Prietula define open collaboration as "any system of innovation or production that relies on goal-oriented yet loosely coordinated participants who interact to create a product (or service) of economic value, which they make available to contributors and noncontributors alike." This definition captures multiple instances, all joined by similar principles. For example, all of the elements — goods of economic value, open access to contribute and consume, interaction and exchange, purposeful yet loosely coordinated work — are present in an open source software project, in Wikipedia, or in a user forum or community. They can also be present in a commercial website that is based on user-generated content. In all of these instances of open collaboration, anyone can contribute and anyone can freely partake in the fruits of sharing, which are produced by interacting participants who are loosely coordinated.

An annual conference dedicated to the research and practice of open collaboration is the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (OpenSym, formerly WikiSym). As per its website, the group defines open collaboration as "collaboration that is egalitarian (everyone can join, no principled or artificial barriers to participation exist), meritocratic (decisions and status are merit-based rather than imposed) and self-organizing (processes adapt to people rather than people adapt to pre-defined processes)."

Open university

An open university is a university with an open-door academic policy, with minimal or no entry requirements. Open universities may employ specific teaching methods, such as open supported learning or distance education. However, not all open universities focus on distance education, nor do distance-education universities necessarily have open admission policies.

P2P Foundation

P2P Foundation: The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives is an organization with the aim of studying the impact of peer to peer technology and thought on society. It was founded by Michel Bauwens, James Burke and Brice Le Blévennec.The P2P Foundation is a registered institute founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its local registered name is: Stichting Peer to Peer Alternatives, dossier nr: 34264847.

Peter Althin

Peter Althin, (born 6 November 1941 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden) is a Swedish attorney and politician and a member of the Swedish parliament for the Christian Democrats from 2002 to 2007.

Althin graduated from law school with a master's degree in law (jur. kand.) from Lund University in 1968 and joined the Swedish Bar Association in 1974. As a lawyer practicing criminal law he has defended notable clients like Tony Olsson, Mehdi Ghezali, Joy Rahman and Mijailo Mijailović. Most recently, he defended Peter Sunde at the Pirate Bay trial.

Althin is since 2002 a member of the Swedish parliament where he is a substitute in the justice committee and constitutional committee. Althin is also a member of the executive board of the Christian Democrat Party. He is also often seen in the media, not only regarding cases where he is hired as a defense attorney but also as a commentator. Despite his position as a MP he has continued his law practice, the Anna Lindh-case has been his most time-consuming so far.

Since 2009, Althin has been the chairman of the Swedish Republican Association.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is a website and eBook publisher that offers editorial content and professional resources for web developers and web designers. It was founded in 2006 by Sven Lennartz and Vitaly Friedman as part of the German-based Smashing Media AG. Since 2012, it also runs web design conferences in Europe and North America, known as Smashing Conference.Rachel Andrew was named editor-in-chief of the online magazine in October 2017. With 3 Million monthly page views (as of May 2017), 1,000,000 worldwide Twitter followers, 295,000 Facebook fans, 252,000 subscribers on Feedly, as well as over 230,000 newsletter subscribers, Smashing Magazine is one of the most active and largest publishers of web development resources.Notable for its vibrant community, The Huffington Post has ranked Smashing Magazine as one of the best places for web developers to find jobs.

Steal This Film

Steal This Film is a film series documenting the movement against intellectual property directed by Jamie King, produced by The League of Noble Peers and released via the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol.

Two parts, and one special The Pirate Bay trial edition of the first part, have been released so far, and The League of Noble Peers is working on "Steal this Film – The Movie" and a new project entitled "The Oil of the 21st Century".


TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is a documentary film released on 8 February 2013, directed by Simon Klose, based on the lives of the three founders of The Pirate Bay: Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm. Filming began in Summer 2008, and concluded on 25 February 2012.

The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay (sometimes abbreviated to TPB) is an online index of digital content of entertainment media and software. Founded in 2003 by Swedish think tank Piratbyrån, The Pirate Bay allows visitors to search, download, and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol.

In April 2009, the website's founders (Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm) were found guilty in the Pirate Bay trial in Sweden for assisting in copyright infringement and were sentenced to serve one year in prison and pay a fine. In some countries, Internet service providers (ISPs) have been ordered to block access to the website. Subsequently, proxy websites have been providing access to it. Founders Svartholm, Neij, and Sunde were all released by 2015 after having served shortened sentences.The Pirate Bay has sparked controversies and discussion about legal aspects of file sharing, copyright, and civil liberties and has become a platform for political initiatives against established intellectual property laws and a central figure in an anti-copyright movement. The website faced several shutdowns and domain seizures, switching to a series of new web addresses to continue operating.

The Pirate Bay raid

The Pirate Bay raid took place on 31 May 2006 in Stockholm, when The Pirate Bay, a Swedish website that indexes torrent files, was raided by Swedish police, causing it to go offline for three days. Upon reopening, the site's number of visitors more than doubled, the increased popularity attributed to greater exposure through the media coverage.

The raid, alleged by Pirate Bay to be politically motivated and under pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), was reported as a success by the MPAA in the immediate aftermath, but with the website being restored within days and the raising of the debate in Sweden, commentators such as TorrentFreak called the raid "highly unsuccessful". On 31 January 2008, Swedish prosecutors filed charges against four of the individuals behind The Pirate Bay for "promoting other people's infringements of copyright laws".

The Pirate Bay trial

The Pirate Bay trial is a joint criminal and civil prosecution in Sweden of four individuals charged for promoting the copyright infringement of others with the torrent tracking website The Pirate Bay. The criminal charges were supported by a consortium of intellectual rights holders led by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), who filed individual civil compensation claims against the owners of The Pirate Bay.Swedish prosecutors filed charges on 31 January 2008 against Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, and Peter Sunde, who ran the site; and Carl Lundström, a Swedish businessman who through his businesses sold services to the site. The prosecutor claimed the four worked together to administer, host, and develop the site and thereby facilitated other people's breach of copyright law. Some 34 cases of copyright infringements were originally listed, of which 21 were related to music files, 9 to movies, and 4 to games. One case involving music files was later dropped by the copyright holder who made the file available again on the website of The Pirate Bay. In addition, claims for damages of 117 million kronor (US$13 million) were filed. The case was decided jointly by a professional judge and three appointed lay judges.The trial started on 16 February 2009 in the Stockholm District Court, Sweden. The hearings ended on 3 March 2009 and the verdict was announced at 11:00 AM on Friday 17 April 2009: Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström were all found guilty and sentenced to serve one year in prison and pay a fine of 30 million SEK (about €2.7 million or US$3.5 million). All the defendants appealed the verdict, and in November 2010 the appeal court shortened the prison sentences, but increased damages.

On 1 February 2012, the Supreme Court of Sweden refused to hear an appeal in the case, prompting the site to change its official domain name from to

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