PYONGYANG, DPRK (ACRN) - The Pirate Bay, and its users, will soon be beyond the reach of the copyright maximlists. The site will soon be hosted in North Korea.
The new leader, Kim Jong Un, who took over last year, has apprently decided to allow TPB to set up shop in the DPRK. From what is known, they are now on an IP address (though the change has not yet propograted worldwide) that is at a data center in Pyongyang, North Korea.
It looks like the Surpreme Leader wants to give a big FUCK YOU to the United States, and the West, by allowing sites like TPB to set up shop in the DPRK. I could imagine the Supreme Leader telling Western authorities to go PISS UP A ROPE when trying to trace down users of TPB. This could also make the new "Six Strikes" copyright scheme in America moot, if they cannot trace anyone down. It looks like the DPRK has found a way to put the USA over a barrell.
Of course, it is possible that the USA could try and coerce TPN into shutting down its Pyongyang servers. A few years ago, one VPN service, with servers all over the word was threatened by the Office Of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the USA, because they had VPN servers in North Korea, Cuba, Iran, and Syria. The owner of that company just happend to be an American expat. He lived in FIJI, his business was registered in FIJI, so he was NOT SUBJECT to ANY American laws regarding the opration of servers in those countries. That guy should have told the American Government to FUCK OFF. He did not LIVE in the Untied States, so therefore, he was NOT SUBJECT to ANY American laws. That is why we encourage TPB to tell the OFAC to SHOVE IT up their FUCKING *ASS* if the OFAC tries to threaten them with violationg sanctions on North Korea.
What's next, MegaUpload to possibly re-open in North Korea? I would not be surprised if Kim Dotcom did this kind of thing. IIRC one of the MegaUpload people they are STILL looking for is American. While he could still be prosecuted for piracy in the US, if found, the OFAC regulations on Northy Korea DO NOT APPLY to him, becuase he does not LIVE in America.
Hopefully TPB will tell OFAC to go FUCK OFF, if they try that on that. It does not MATTER if any of the top execs at TPB are Americans. Since NONE of them LIVE in the United States, the ARE NOT SUBJECT to American laws regarding paying for server colocation in the North Korea. If ANYONE at TPB is reading this, do NOT listen to ANYTHING the United States Office Of Foregin Asssets Control tells you. As long as NONE of your people LIVE in in the United States, you are NOT SUBJECT to any OFAC licensing requirements for placing servers in North Koream even if they ARE US citizens. If you do not LIVE in the United States, they you ARE NOT SUBJECT to OFAC regulations on North Korea, even if you ARE a US citizen. We ADVOCATE that TPB tell the OFAC to PISS UP A FUCKING ROPE, if they contact you about having servers in the DPRK. Do NOT cave in to the OFAC like this one VPN company did.
Could this give the leverage to impose more sanctions on the DPRK, maybe even reinstating the ban on travel to the country that was lifed in 1977 by President Carter. Americans have been allowed to travel to the DPRK since President Carter wholsale ended all bans on travel to North Korea, China, Vietnam, Cuiba, East Germany, and the USSR on Januaryu 20, 1977, on his first day in office.
Of course a ban on travel would be harder to enforce now, since the DPRK does not actually stamp passport. Instead, the DPRK stamps a visa/tourist card that you pick up at a DPRK embassy, it serves as your visa, and "internal passport", while in the country, and that is stamped, instead of your passport, leaving no evience in your passport that you were in the DPRK, which would make it IMPOSSIBLE for CBP, DHS, or OFAC to enforce.
And what would this do for the 2018 Winter Olympics, scheduled for Pyongyang, if the US does re-impose a ban on travle to the DPRK? Might we see a Winter Olympics WITHOUT a US team? We shudder to think that that is a possibility. The idea of the USA boycotting the 2018 WInter Olympics in Pyongyang is not that far fetched.
UPDATE: Could TPB have been BULLIED by OFAC? The official line is that Pirate Bay is saying that its plans to move to the DPRK were a hoax. We are not so sure of that. We think they might well have been bullied by OFAC into dropping their Pyongyang server plans. IAPS security store, which is actually based in Fiji, but owned by American expats living there, was told by OFAC to shut down VPN servers in North Koea, Cuba, and several other countries a few years ago. Since IAPS was in FIJI, they SHOULD have OFAC to SHOVE IT up ther FUCKING ASS. Since they are in FIJI, they ARE NOT SUBJECT to the restrictions on those countries, REGARDLESS of the fact that the business is owned by an American citizen.
That is why we don't think it was a hoax. We think that TPB might have been BULLED by OFAC.