Spark.me, an interactive regional conference where the brightest tech minds from the region of South East Europe and beyond meet together at the Hotel Mediteran in Budva, Montenegro from May 31 – Jun 01. 2015, announced today that Peter Sunde will be joining the list of amazing speakers of the conference.
Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, 36, a Berlin/Kuopio-based Scandinavian hacker/artist, is working with projects that have the potential to change the society and particularly deals with questions of intellectual property rights. Sunde is best known for co-founding the controversial The Pirate Bay, a Swedish website that indexes BitTorrent files and bills itself as The world’s most resilient bittorrent site. Besides this involvement, Sunde founded Flattr, the first real social micropayment service as well as Heml.is Messenger, a disruptive anonymous encrypted messaging app following the Snowden revelations.
The Pirate Bay has been involved in a number of lawsuits, both as plaintiff and as defendant. On 17 April 2009, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundstr were found guilty of assistance to copyright infringement and sentenced to one year in prison and payment of a fine of 4 3,100,000 EUR after a trial of nine days.
The defendants appealed the verdict and accused the judge of giving in to political pressure. On 26 November 2010, a Swedish appeals court upheld the verdict, decreasing the original prison terms but increasing the fine. On 17 May 2010, because of an injunction against their bandwidth provider, the site was taken offline.
Access to the website was later restored with a message making fun of the injunction on their front page. Prison is a bit like copyright, Peter remarks. In both areas, there is a lack of transparency and the people in power profit from the fact that the average person doesn’t pay a lot of attention to the issue. That opens the door to misuse and corruption. Peter is co-founder of Flattr, first micropayments system, and Heml.is Messenger, which is encrypted messenger.