Wow, update on all the support!

The past week has been hectic for me on the internets. After I posted a copy of my “plea” I got over half a million readers on it! This is amazing considering it was in Swedish. Rickard Falkvinge later translated it to English (I didn’t feel I wanted to spend energy on that, it was kind of super long!) and the news spread around the world about the information that I believed most people already knew about. The feedback has been heart warming to say the least! Thousands of comments with anger, sympathy, support, you name it. It’s weird to be in the middle of all of this. I didn’t feel that I missed support or anything but it really makes a big difference.

Besides my “plea” I’m also waiting for an answer regarding my request for a re-trial. My lawyers and I recently sent in the papers and the state attorney has replied to it. I posted a small quote from it (in Swedish), it’s really a weird read. Basically they admit to “some faults” like not having the actual evidence to back up things I’ve been convicted of, but they don’t think that really matters since I would have commited “the crimes” anyhow. Interesting fact though, in the original case there was a second charge of “preparation” for all of this, that we won… I will update you guys later on this.
Currently we’re writing our reply to their reply (…) and we’ll send it within a few days. I will know sometime during week 30 if I get a re-trial or not!

Another thing: A lot of people have asked on how to give me support. Offers about money and a lot of other things. They’re all lovely! But when it comes to monetary support, please don’t give me any! I don’t need much money anyhow and if I get money it will go to our opponents since I on paper owe them 10M EUR or so. I don’t want to feed that beast with any cash, especially not from people that really want to change what’s going on. If you have money to give, there are lots of great organisations like La Quadrature du Net, EFF, FFII or why not my favorite pirates; the Sea Shepherds, that you could give it to. It will help more in the long run, I will always land on my feet. And if you feel like giving money to creators without going through these corrupt organisations like the record companies, you could use things like Kickstarter or my own creation Flattr. We started Flattr for exactly this reason, getting away from the current corrupt monopolistic way of sharing money! In order to win our war in the end we need to make our opponents obsolete faster than they can make our rights obsolete.

Someone also started a signature collecting thing on Avaaz. It felt really weird seeing my face and name up on Avaaz, I’ve only used that before for people in real need! I did in the end realise though, that it would probably be really helpful if, let’s say 10.000 people or so, actually signed it and handed it over before the decision is made! I think the deadline is 6th of august (not really sure) and there are already over a thousand signatures!

I’m very thankful and I don’t really know what to say about all of this. I didn’t think it would cause such a stir but I’m happy that people care this much. In the end I know it’s not only about me but about all of us. I’ll do the best I can with my situation and with your support!

22 comments ↓

#1 Urban Sundström on 07.10.12 at 16:06

Another language: http://www.revistainternet.com.br/2012/07/08/pedido-de-perdao-traduzido-de-peter-sunde-co-fundador-do-the-pirate-bay/

#2 The Pirate Bay: Peter Sunde stellt Gnadengesuch, Petition auf Avaaz on 07.10.12 at 16:36

[…] Der englische Text machte die Runde auf TorrentFreak und BoingBoing. Das Feedback war so überwältigend, dass sich Peter in einem neuen Blog-Post bedankte. […]

#3 Aelius Blythe on 07.10.12 at 22:23

Going over to Flattr right now to top off my account with $$ that I would have given to this cause. It is seriously pretty noble to turn away what seems to be an astounding amount of donation offers. (No doubt you could have gotten a substantial chunk of the fines paid for by all the grateful TPB supporters)

Hope everything turns out ok………….. eventually, though.

#4 Die Gefangenen des Urheberrechtskriegs | Digitale Notizen on 07.11.12 at 13:04

[…] der im Netz unter dem Namen brokep bekannt ist, zeigt sich begeistert von der Unterstützung. Auf ihn trifft nun – wie auch auf Kim Schmitz, der auf Twitter an […]

#5 Stun on 07.11.12 at 15:20

You are more then welcome!

Sail strong! Yarrr!

#6 Matt on 07.11.12 at 16:47

You’re a super star Peter, you put all these greedy assholes to shame!

#7 One of Many on 07.11.12 at 22:18

The people are with you Peter, don’t forget that.
We are here to help.

#8 Albert on 07.12.12 at 10:57

Hey, keep us updated.

You have to spread the word! If this goes on in the shadows they will do whatever they want!

I don’t know what to say… Your situation is awful. Try to appear in the media, they will doubt to hit someone that world wide endorsed.

Keep going.

#9 Daniel on 07.12.12 at 12:09

Already over 4000 signatures and one more about every other minute.

Keep up the good work, Peter!

#10 Krieg gegen eine ganze Generation — keimform.de on 07.13.12 at 04:33

[…] einigermaßen Englisch kann, dem empfehle ich, das Gnadengesuch zu lesen (auch lesen: Wow, update on all the support). Eine absurde Geschichte, die man erfinden müsste, wäre sie nicht passiert. Mit allen Zutaten: […]

#11 Vincent on 07.13.12 at 07:16

Peter, don’t give up, keep on fighting. Be sure the really free world and all the people who share you position to the main toppic will stand by your side!

#12 John Random on 07.13.12 at 12:30

You should put a facebook page to start a campaign.

#13 Martin Andersson on 07.14.12 at 13:37

Over niiiine thooousand now. and it’s ticking like once a second. :D

#14 Christian on 07.14.12 at 14:09

Peter,
If you don’t whant any money, maby you should take away the flattr button from this post. Or are your Flattr income going to some one ells?

#15 Justin Maynard on 07.14.12 at 14:30

I just signed the petition everyone who cares about a free society should. I am sick of Google and whoever being able to see what I want private on my PC. The arguments on torrents has been lost but they are still trying in all the devious ways they have to stop millions using them. I am glad I read this blog and admire Peter hugely and the guys who went to jail.
But more and more people need to know how much governments, multinationals etc etc know or can find out about you.
George Orwell was just a few years out 1984 is HERE! NOW! Big Brother is watching us and all we do.
Fight the Power Peter you are a brave guy and people will support you they just need to know the truth ie your side of the story.

#16 Länkar | copy is right on 07.14.12 at 15:11

[…] en struktur snarare än som en konspiration (som gärna läses med Edins text om konsumentmakt). Peter Sunde skriver en text om hans situation där Sunde bland annat rekommenderar att en donerar pengar till […]

#17 Hjälp min vän som på många sätt är din vän med | Helen Alfvegren on 07.14.12 at 20:53

[…] har bloggat om den oändligt märkliga domen och fått enormt mycket stöd från hela världen, missa inte att läsa det. Och det finns faktiskt något konkret man kan göra […]

#18 Ten Thousands Back Pirate Bay Founder’s Pardon Plea | OccuWorld on 07.14.12 at 22:20

[…] was humbled by the petition and noted that it could have an impact if at least 10,000 people signed […]

#19 Graphic Design Inspiration on 07.14.12 at 22:37

33,503 signers and counting!!

#20 Luis on 07.15.12 at 07:35

LET THE MAN GO! WHY DONT YOU POLITICAL HYPOCRITICAL CORPORATE CLOWNS GO AFTER REAL BAD GUYS LIKE RAPISTS, SERIAL KILLERS, CHILD MOLESTERS, WHY DONT YOU FIX THE ECONOMY YOU GREEDY SNAKES. PETER SUNDE IS A HERO TO THE PEOPLE! YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PISS OFF THE PEOPLE? THEY TAKE YOUR CROWN AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS. LET HIM BE WITH HIS FAMMILY AND FRIENDS, HE HAS DONE NO HARM TO THE WORLD.

#21 Sunny on 07.15.12 at 10:15

Just signed your petition for obvious reasons but also cause you’re kind of cute xD (superficial I know… sorry)

#22 Tara on 07.15.12 at 11:44

Once again it’s the U.S.A Trying to bully smaller countries, so lets see them take on the rest of the nations together and see how they handle it. It’s about time they were put in their place.

over 52,000 people have signed your partition so far and its still rising every second. Hang on in there and thank you for standing up for our rights.