Canadian Pirate launches free EPUB website-Infopolicy

April 4, 2012

[FACT comments: After the closure of the academic website, Library.nu, due to pressure from the US copyright mafia, we think TUEBL is an exciting development. Travis is a young, ex-American founding member of the Pirate Party of Canada (as is FACT founder CJ Hinke). Live long and prosper!]

The Revolution Starts Now

Travis McCrea

Infopolicy: March 25, 2012

http://falkvinge.net/2012/03/24/the-revolution-starts-now/

….or at least soonish….  Today in one and a half hours I will be walking into a bank and asking for $15,000 in loans to give the startup funding to my organization Patriots of the Digital Revolution. We will then use that money to invest in and acquire more torrent websites and cyberlockers from people who feel that they can no longer fight, and want out of the scene, but don’t want to abandon their website.

Patriots of the Digital Revolution (Digital Patriots) has been successful so far by saving two websites: TUEBL (The Ultimate Ebook Library) and TorMovies.org (a movie torrent aggregator site). We currently have done a really good job of breaking even each month, but that does not help us to get the exposure that we would like to get and it also doesn’t give us the funds to expand our network, and to save more websites.

What makes Patriots of the Digital Revolution different than the people who run the torrent sites now? We have a progressive array of servers in multiple countries we own multiple domains through multiple registrars for each of our websites, and automated and manual systems that allow any piece of the chain to be disrupted and our websites will still operate. We also keep digitalpatriots.org and mahsql.info available so people can always see the status of our websites and what the current proper domain is to use. We also have a line of succession so that if anything ever happens to me or I am arrested, a new person (who is private for obvious reasons) will take over the network.

I don’t want to go to jail, the idea of going to jail scares me. Especially if I am extradited to the country that I had left due to their abusive practices, the United States of America. However, I am ready to fight out my case in a court of law and hope that I can convince a jury of my peers that filesharing isn’t dangerous, that filesharing is not a harm to society… it IS society and it IS culture. The people who use my websites don’t traffic children, they don’t use it to make money for terrorism… they use it to download backup copies of media they already own. They use it to find new music they like, and then buy merchandise and concert tickets for those bands. People discover new authors without having to pay $15 for the book and then another $10 for the ebook just to find they don’t like it.

My goal is to put myself into the public eye as much as possible too, that way the MAFFIAA can’t paint me as some thug to the media and to their followers. People comment on how they rarely see me without a smile, and how I am always so cheery. At work when I am talking to customers I always ask in the beginning of the call how I can make them smile. It’s not something that I am told to say, it’s something I say myself because I believe in making people happy. If you are going to come at me, then I want everyone to see the person who you are calling a detriment to society.

I am doing this for my little brother, my future children, and for the Internet. It is the right thing to do, and I will use every last breath that I have to let people know that we are here to stay, and that shutting us down is not an option. Once it is known that filesharing is not going to end, then we can start moving forward as a society to find new and better ways to support our artists.

How You Can Help

Obviously funding is nice, you can flattr me https://flattr.com/profile/teamcoltra or give bitcoins here 1N4nQdD86mmHMWbRu9KZNz2TJsJu6viWJp

We also would love to get in contact with torrent sites and cyberlockers (or any other website) who feels legal pressure to shutdown but doesn’t want to. Our agreement with sites is fairly straight forward: transfer domain ownership and the servers to Patriots of the Digital Revolution, we will make a post announcing our acquisition of your website and then you have the choice to stay working on the site or if you can leave it in our hands and we will run the site.. either way we will try not to do things that would reflect poorly against the way you operated the website. If your site is currently your main income, that is not a problem either just talk to us and we will work something out.

And wish me luck… hopefully things are smooth sailing from here.

//UPDATE:

So the bank says that because I recently got a PROMOTION at work my pay history isn’t predictable enough and that I need 3 months in the same position to qualify for a loan. Seems silly to me too, but there it is. So I am going to start getting funds through other sources and start hitting up my friends and putting notices on my websites asking for donations and loans. This is too important to me to let slip by… I will achieve my goal.

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