Online pirates set course for offshore haven

by Paul Jay, CBC News Online

A notorious group of internet pirates looking for a base of operations to avoid lawsuits has focused its attention on buying a tiny island off the coast of Britain.

The Pirate Bay has launched a site on Friday asking people for donations to help it buy Sealand, a former British naval platform and self-proclaimed principality 10 kilometres off the eastern coast of Britain.

Sealand's lack of copyright law is the major attraction for Piracy Bay, though it's probably more accurate to say the island has no law. The AFP said a representative of the island was asking for $2 billion US to purchase the island, though Britain does not recognize Sealand's sovereignty.

Perhaps the only problem with the plan is the platform itself: How exactly are the pirates supposed to bury their treasure without sand?