Dear users and abusers, dear Elders of the Internet,
the Kiosk of Piracy is proud to announce the launch of "The Pirate Kiosk"! From last night own, a copy of the infamous Pirate Bay is available to the public, but – here comes the catch – offline-only. Yes, offline, the Kiosk is not connected to the Internet in any way, but the interested public is invited to use the service in a wifi-radius around it.
With our newest project, we are joining the work of the dear people and groups which managed to duplicate the contents of The Pirate Bay on other places in the Net. We want to show in a very physical way that the Internet is neither a machine nor controllable in any way – it is just a system of agreements which work in any circumstances. We don't need the Internet – the magic can happen anywhere.
The Pirate Kiosk features a webinterface similar to it's online brother (reachable under http://kioskofpiracy.org – IF you are in wifi range), a tracker service (under http://tracker.kioskofpiracy.org:6969), a growing backup of most of the Bay's .torrent files and the ability to upload files which will be added to the integrated Seedbox.
We have backed up The Pirate Bays torrents in the range from 5,000,000 to 5,077,257.
This is the first step to ensure the future availability of pirated content, not only in the Internetz. To reach this goal, we will further backup all available torrents and add them to our own offline tracker, opening this weekend.
This tracker, dubbed The Pirate Kiosk will establish the first torrent tracker in public space and provide a service similar to The Pirate Bay.
ned@tortuga:~/tpbdump/5$ ./get.sh 5000000 5100000
#wget cinema for a few hours
ned@tortuga:~/tpbdump/$ tar -cjvvf 5.tar.bz2 5/
#tar & bz2 cinema for an hour or so
ned@tortuga:~/tpbdump$ du --si 5/
ned@tortuga:~/tpbdump$ du --si 5.tar.bz2
ned@tortuga:~/tpbdump/5$ ls -l | grep -v ^l | wc -l
The Weimar-based KoCA — Kiosk of Contemporary Art was squatted by Anonymous, using it to install the Kiosk of Piracy there. The KOP aims to be a think tank and physical host for offline net activism, such as projects about the sense and absense of copyright and intellectual property (aka Copyfight).
The first project by KOP is The Pirate Kiosk, the world’s largest offline Bittorrent tracker. It is a extended copy of ThePirateBay.org running on a dedicated server inside the Kiosk. It is not connected to the Internet, though providing all the services (web archive, torrent tracker, upload function) via Wifi in a 100-200m range around the Sophienstiftplatz in Weimar.
Upcoming next project: YouKiosk
To further praise the remix culture entertaining, influencing and inspring millions of people everyday in the form of mashups, memes we also display a user generated selection of those videos available on YouTube. This list will also be made available online on YouKiosk.