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Swedish Anti-Piracy Lawyer Gets New Name 'Pirate'

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the the-power-of-the-prank dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 178

An anonymous reader writes "Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (in Swedish) reports that Henrik Pontén, a lawyer of Antipiratbyrån, a Swedish organization against file sharing, has received a notification from officials that an application for change of his name has been approved and a new first name 'Pirate' has been added to his name. Authorities do not check the identity of persons applying for name changes. Pirate Pontén now has to apply for another change in order to revert the change."

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it will only hurt the cause... (4, Insightful)

VMaN (164134) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255943)

Horribly childish, and just gives the opposition more ammo, and reinforces the childish stereotype.

But goddamn that's a brilliant prank.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (3, Insightful)

steeljaw (65872) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256007)

Agreed, but even though it will be viewed as a cheap prank it is still quite clever. Not to mention the fact that it had me LMFAO!!

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256023)

There is also the possibility that he did this too himself, nobody knows since who ever changed his name is anonymous.

And know this, the news article was published on the day before the Swedish election. Very suspicious timing by the anti-piracy agency here...

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256163)

My, aren't we tin-foily today..

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (-1, Flamebait)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256209)

Do you realize how paranoid you sound? Why don't we apply Occams Razor here ..... let's see, either the anti-piracy agency as you call it could be playing some subtle mind game in an attempt to discredit, uh, people who are already criminals and have a history of stupid harassment. Or it could be yet another inspired piece of retardedness from the same people who brought you "let's DoS a law firm with fraudulent wire transfers". Hmmm, I wonder which is more likely?

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (2, Interesting)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256439)

Not so fast ... understand the full implication of "published on the day before the Swedish election". Could be members of The Pirate Party, the folks that run The Pirate Bay. These guys have real candidates running for real public offices.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (4, Interesting)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256579)

Or we could admit that speculation either way is pointless. People do fake crimes, and Occam's Razor != knowing.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (4, Insightful)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256857)

I don't think speculation is pointless. We have one extremely unlikely possibility, and one extremely likely possibility. Saying speculation is pointless implies they are equally likely.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (4, Insightful)

Devout_IPUite (1284636) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256997)

If you know a sense of humor is on your side in an argument, faking a crime to make the other side look childish is a compelling tactic. Do you really think the anti-piracy groups are too stupid to realize the potential?

People can and do frame others for crimes. Scientologists have a long running history of it, I don't doubt that copy-right leachers (the people who make money off of other's copyrights without actually contributing anything) would try this same kind of thing.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257455)

> People can and do frame others for crimes. Scientologists have a
> long running history of it, I don't doubt that copy-right leachers

Scientology's fingerprints are all over the anti-pirate side. Makes sense that an evil cult would support an evil law. Look into
"Monique Wadsted"

http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-prosecution-law-firm-under-attack-090426/ [torrentfreak.com]

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

avilliers (1158273) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257805)

Could be. On the other hand, a name is just "imaginary property", so we have no reason to assume the pro-piracy opponents would even consider this a crime, would we? ;)

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256999)

Given the track record and the scientology connections of the swedish anti-pirate side, the likely possibility is that it's a false flag thing.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (2, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257561)

We have one extremely unlikely possibility, and one extremely likely possibility.

Says you, "Mike", if that is your real name...

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259451)

Occam's Razor != knowing

Actually, Occam did indeed show that occam's razor was in fact knowing, by using occam's razor, calling "dibs." He successfully defended this in debates by putting his fingers in his ears and yelling "nananananan! I'm Occam I cant hear you! NANANAN!"

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (4, Interesting)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257357)

They weren't fraudulent wire transfers, idiot. They were perfectly legitimate, small value transfers. It just so happened that there was a processing fee greater than the value of the intended transfer amount. Furthermore, Occam razor doesn't mean jack shit. "The simplest solution is USUALLY correct". It doesn't mean that the simplest solution is ALWAYS correct.

It's perfectly legitimate to suspect that this guy did this himself to make the pirate party look more childish and discredit them. We've seen the anti-piracy fucks do weirder, stupider and more far fetched things in the past.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257843)

If I 'gift' you five tonnes of rotting cow shit on your front lawn 'idiot', leaving you to tidy it up, I assume you would be perfectly fine with the court saying "it was a perfectly legitimate gift of cow shit that just so happened you didn't want and cost you a couple hundred dollars to clean up"?

No, it was a fraudulent, childish prank, like most of the Pirate Bay supporters' ideas. The wire transfers were not an attempt to transfer money but to harass a lawyer who had represented a client that they didn't like. Using wire transfers to harass somebody is immoral, and probably illegal in most countries.

Just because some flying object is unidentified, doesn't mean I have to respect people who jabber on about aliens. Just because not every last detail about 9/11 is known, doesn't mean I have to respect the people who whine on about how it was a Jewish conspiracy. And just because the anti-piracy groups do stupid things, doesn't mean I'm going to respect a lame conspiracy theory like that one unless you have at least some evidence to back it up.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28259275)

It was an attempt to defraud the firm, the intent wasn't legitimate, and the idea that anybody, let alone a court, would be fooled by that crap is preposterous. Sorry, but believe it or not, judges aren't idiots. Even in Sweden.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

Eskarel (565631) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259871)

From what I recall of this story, the stuff about asking for the money back certainly at least bordered on fraudulent, but I'm not entirely convinced that the micropayments in and of themselves were fraudulent, or that they even could be. Perhaps on a sufficiently large scale they could be called harassment.

The payments were, at least in theory, legitimate payments, an individual sent money to repay a legal debt. There is, to the best of my knowledge, no law requiring a minimum for an electronic payment, and the problem with these payments relates to banks(and is actually a very major obstacle to the various media industries in question as effective micro-billing will be potentially profitable for them.

Should sending someone money in small enough chunks that they lose money instead of gaining it be illegal. Almost certainly. Is it actually against any existing law, I'm not entirely sure. Probably one of he many digital loopholes that will eventually get filled by the law. There have been many of them, and the somewhat reactionary ways in which they were filled have been half of what caused this battle in the first place.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

gilbert64 (977114) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259419)

Yes they were fraudulent wire transfer, intent matters. And this kind of childish behavior is just par for the course for the Swedish pro-piracy lobby. Furthermore, slashdot discussions are often about making guesstimates and assumption based on history and Occam's razor is indeed relevant, it would be hypocritical to start dismissing it now just because slashdot group psyche wants Swedish pirates to be more mature than they really are. (Again an assumption based on your +5 moderation).

Who do you think you're kidding? (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259537)

The simplest solution is USUALLY correct. It doesn't mean that the simplest solution is ALWAYS correct.

The race isn't always to the swiftest and the strongest.

But that is the way to bet.

The stunt is transparent - adolescent - pure geek.

No other mind could contrive it.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256281)

...who ever changed his name is anonymous.

I don't think that Anonymous [wikipedia.org] is responsible for this, but while we're speaking of them, I predict that a great number of prominent Swedish Scientologists will soon find themselves with creative names as soon as word gets out that you don't have to give your real name. Although Scientologists have had as much scandal in Sweden as they have in most of the world, I think they still have a population there at least proportional to many other places and are about as well-received.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257319)

You are aware that "anonymous" was just a regular adjective, long before the whole Operation Chanology thing, right?

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257373)

You do realize it was used as a term to describe the group long before the Project Chanology thing, right?

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28258071)

there is no group. it's an ILLUSION

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256435)

Or someone on his team.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (3, Insightful)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256555)

Well, the guy can't both demand people have less personal information protection _AND_ demand people have more personal information protection.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256875)

I completely agree with your suspicion. This could be just opposition generating more ammo for themselves.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258977)

In other words, you're starting with a conclusion (anti-piracy is teh fascism, pirates are saints) and moving backwards from there, and any facts that doesn't fit that model are a conspiracy to discredit those wonderful pirates. I wish I could say this thought surprised me.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256141)

It is indeed a good prank. He should be more interested in securing the name change process instead of trying to pin it on the Pirate Party or one of their supporters. They may never know who actually submitted the change.

Who is he really now? (5, Insightful)

HorzaSe (986033) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256145)

Wonder if he has to sign the request to revert his name, with "Pirate Ponten" for it to be considered?

Re:Who is he really now? (4, Funny)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258101)

he can just make an X

Re:Who is he really now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28258571)

What, like on a pirate map?

Re:Who is he really now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28260037)

Dear Mr. Pirate Ponten,

In light of recent fraudulent name-change submissions, we now request that you provide a proof of identity in order to verify that you are indeed Pirate Ponten.

Sincerely,

Registration

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

rbrausse (1319883) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256165)

> childish stereotype
maybe not the worst outcome: if we* can change the meaning of "think of the children" a lot of the opposition's ammo is ruined...

*) a generic "I as part of an interest group", not "we as united and one /. crowd" :)

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

openfrog (897716) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256367)

I would say that this reinforces more the uncontrolled "outlaw" stereotype than the "childish" one, right in line with the Rand Corporation propaganda, which links file sharing to organized crime and terrorism. This precisely and effectively serves that purpose, whoever it is who did this. And I don't find anything redeeming in the fact that it is a brilliant prank or not.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

legirons (809082) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257323)

I would say that this reinforces more the uncontrolled "outlaw" stereotype than the "childish" one, right in line with the Rand Corporation propaganda, which links file sharing to organized crime and terrorism.

think about that for a moment... terrorists exploiting a security flaw in government bureaucracy to change someone's name without their permission?!?

hardly sounds like an organised crime/terrorism MO does it now?
 

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259609)

The RIAA has done stupider things in courts, I wouldn't rule it out.

Not childish (-1, Offtopic)

s-whs (959229) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256601)

If you think that's childish you don't know what the word childish means.

And I really dislike those type of killjoy remarks.

It reminds me about another area I've been investigating over the past 5 years: The lies and incompetence in the airtravel industry in the Netherlands and Schiphol.

Groups who are against expansion usually take the route of seriously and respectfully opposing people in Schiphol, airtraffic control LVNL, and other organisations such as NLR (air/space 'research' organisation) and PNL (a lobby group lead by serial liar Benno Baksteen).

I don't. I have examined their claims about cost of insulation, noise being generated being supposedly less, noise insulation not helping to reduce annoyance with people by the metric of number of complaints which don't go down.

I have shown all these claims to be lies. Insulation cost is not anywhere near as high as claimed by PNL, noise is not less than in 1990 when applying a useful metric, number of complaints is not a good metric as these can vary easily by a factor of 10-20 x larger or smaller depending on outside factors (e.g. increase in complaints after the twin towers, decrease in complaints by a huge factor in Australia after collapse of a large airline Ansett), and NLR is an amateurish organisation that doesn't even know when to use uppercase/lower case for units (contrary to general use in physics as taught even in schools).

So, how do you deal with those people? Seriously? With respect? You can do that but you won't get anywhere. Those nutters need to be told the truth which is the facts about the above subjects, the facts about their incompetence, the facts about their anti-social nature. You can deal with them respectfully, but unless you don't mind a 30 year gameplan, it's pointless.

What I do is write them emails and put stuff on my website for 2 reasons: To tell those people the truth and show them that I think they are worthless. This is good for me (it's fun), it's good for others (to show them you can call them liars etc. without any fear for a lawsuit, which I don't have as I use their own words against them), also good because it shows others how those people manipulate others. E.g. a common one is claiming the people do something which they actually don't. This is apparantly also common in politics. It bogs down the competition and enables you to go ahead with your own plans without much resistance. An example is that airtravel industry people say the people who complain about the noise make 'emotional arguments' but when examining the arguments, it's actually the airtravel people (e.g. lobby group PNL, former director of Schiphol Gerlach 'the liar' Cerfontaine) who do this all the time.

Would you want to be taken seriously by such people? Who cares what those nutters think!

This is exactly the same as with copyright nonsense. RIAA type organisations abuse the law? Why not give something similar back to them...

To conclude: If you want to be taken seriously by doing everything respectfully, you won't get anywhere within a reasonable time. Also, why can't they do things like this when the opponent is lying/making up facts about lost income or economic problems caused by 'piracy' all the time?

Re:Not childish (1)

Fizzl (209397) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258151)

wat

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

sdpuppy (898535) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256859)

Would be even funnier if they change the law such that you can only apply for a name change once. Now that would be cool!

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256897)

Horribly childish, and just gives the opposition more ammo, and reinforces the childish stereotype.

But hey... They got a seat on the EU parliament. [bbc.co.uk]

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (4, Interesting)

BaronHethorSamedi (970820) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257081)

But goddamn that's a brilliant prank.

In my mind, this is actually a little beyond childish prank territory.

To all you folks who are going to write in with "ZOMG LMAO! Grow a sense of humor!" and so on, ask yourselves: would a straight-up act of identity theft be as funny if it were aimed at an anti-copyright lobbyist? This isn't a prank--the man's signature was forged on an official document, and then (apparently) submitted to the Swedish tax authorities. I don't know about Sweden, but in the U.S. that's pretty heavily criminal conduct.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (5, Funny)

cffrost (885375) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257343)

ZOMG LMAO! Grow a sense of humor!

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

zig007 (1097227) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257399)

Would a straight-up act of identity theft be as funny if it were aimed at an anti-copyright lobbyist?

No...But it was.
Which(actually, factually and objectively) was funny enough to outweigh the not very horrible-murder-level crime being committed.

So, ZOMG LMAO! Grow a sense of humor!

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257435)

would a straight-up act of identity theft be as funny if it were aimed at an anti-copyright lobbyist?

Yep, especially if their first name was changed to RIAA or MPAA.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (5, Insightful)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257519)

I don't think it's blazingly hilarious, but if the system's letting anyone change anyone else's name because they're not bothering to check identities, then the system is broken. Simple as that. Better it's abused in such a fashion now, rather than something more serious, so that it can be fixed.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258693)

Oh give me a break, your signature is used many places when sending in forms without any further identity checks. What would you like, a photocopy of the id? It's practicly worthless since there's no telling who really signed it. The next step up is really witnesses like your will or getting married and it's absolutely overkill. He can change it back and no real harm is done. The only thing that happened here was that an asshat abused a system that works just fine. There should probably be an abuse flag to make sure you can't pull the same prank over and over, but they're no need to mend what's not broken.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257819)

Just think, if the Pirate Party were in charge, their strong views of privacy would never let some random person walk into a government office and change the name of someone else without having to prove that it's their identity to change!

"identity theft" - get the fuck out (2, Insightful)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258093)

noone STOLE their identity.

Re:"identity theft" - get the fuck out (1)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259075)

Yep, but even without physically stealing his identity, one can still do damage.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258893)

I hadn't read the article, and thought it was about an anti-piracy activist... in which case the name 'Pirate' would make sense.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259663)

Any system that can be abused so easily is broken and should be fixed.

As I've said before, I'm in IT security. And I've seen time and again that there are systems that contain very sensitive data with shoddy, if any, security in place. When pointed out, the responsible people usually point me at legal instead of IT.

Legal isn't where security should be done. You don't protect your data with laws, you protect them by protecting them. Handing the security of a system (IT, bureaucratic, whatever) to legal is asking for trouble, as much as saying that you don't need fire extinguishers, you got a good insurance covering you when you burn down to the ground.

The same applies here. If it is possible to change someone's name at will, the system needs an overhaul. Sure, it is against the law, but this should be the last line of defense, to keep people who are really GOOD at breaking it from breaking it because they got other, more profitable, ways to achive something within the boundaries of the law. More and more often, laws and regulations are regarded as the first, and often only, line of defense you have against an attack.

That's not only enough, that's simply and plainly asking for trouble. Especially when dealing with people who act out of zeal and not out of personal profit and gain.

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257495)

It may be childish, but it's also funny. These anti-piracy assholes tie up the courts in semantics and are bought and paid for by the movie and recording industry and have no interest in fair use etc... They are whores to the RIAA and MPAA... So to see them get taken down a peg or two is lovely.

Inquiring minds want to know: (1)

bobstreo (1320787) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257555)

Was the name Douchebag Ponten already taken?

And can the Pirate Party sue him for trademark infringement?

I tried but couldn't get the é to look right in preview...

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257783)

Are you living here in sweden? You don't seem quite in tune with the atmosphere...

It IS childish, and that's exactly why things like these benefit the cause, because it goes in tune with the pirate image. Pirates are viewed as young people doing something relatively harmless and being opposed with great force by corporations and authorities. That image is THE thing that helps move the cause, it's like the hippie image of the 70s.

Hopefully, Pontén will catch the bait and try to sue the person who did this or whatever. That will only go to show how he tries to hurt children who are doing innocent pranks.

Identity Theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28258327)

Considering that the anti-piracy bureau wants ISPs and everyone else to store all kinds of private information about people in order to fight piracy, this does illustrate just how much of a problem identity theft is in a humorous and harmless way.

Maybe they should reconsider their stance on gathering people's private data for no good reason?

Re:it will only hurt the cause... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28259587)

Childish, maybe. Childish by whom is the question.

If I read that correctly, it was not even his own doing. Someone managed to change this guy's name. If he can actually prove this, it's a golden opportunity served on a silver platter. First, he can show that the pro-IP faction is not above namecalling (hey, quite literally so!). Second, he could keep the name and use it whenever someone claims he's "a pirate" ("no, good sir, I am the pirate. Here, my business card. But hey, I thought you already knew...").

Finally, it may just serve the dilution and inflation of the term "pirate", as much as "terrorist" already has been diluted into ridicule. When everyone and everything gets a "bad" label, the label itself becomes meaningless.

Someone should (-1, Offtopic)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255963)

add the word "butt" to his name before he can change it back another great idea create business cards and send them his way

Re:Someone should (2, Interesting)

MoellerPlesset2 (1419023) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256383)

What's funnier is that Sweden already has a guy named Butt: Billy Butt.

He was a record producer who was convicted on multiple counts of rape.

Re:Someone should (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256931)

coincidentally, he was found guilty of raping his last name.

Re:Someone should (4, Funny)

Bunji X (444592) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257503)

Even more funny (or tragic) is the reason they found him guilty. Losely translated from my memory:

"The defendant has such peculiar looks that the court finds it unlikely that any young woman would willingly have sex with him."

I agree with the stand up comedian that later stated, "It must be hard having a court judgement declaring that you *are* ugly". No question about it. No doubts. You are legally declared ugly.

Re:Someone should (2, Insightful)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257731)

Losely translated

There have been many people who use "loose" where they've meant "lose", but I think this is the first time someone has made this stupid mistake in the reverse.

Re:Someone should (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28259563)

Allow me to give an example: The GP is a looser.

Re:Someone should (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28258731)

anal?

'Bout damn time... (5, Funny)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256001)

...a lawyer was honest enough to carry this title.

(ducks for cover)

Re:'Bout damn time... (1)

macbeth66 (204889) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256033)

Don't duck! You spoke the truth.

Re:'Bout damn time... (4, Insightful)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256277)

My grandmother used to say "you may be right, you can be dead right."

She said it in reference to a specific ancestor who got shot for taking back a saw that was his from a neighbour who borrowed and would not return it. Being right isn't everything in other words, sometimes being alive is good too.

Re:'Bout damn time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28259167)

She said it in reference to a specific ancestor who got shot for taking back a saw that was his from a neighbour who borrowed and would not return it.

Can I borrow that saw if you still have it?

Re:'Bout damn time... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256543)

You're obviously confused. Lawyers are vampires not pirates.

Re:'Bout damn time... (5, Funny)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256693)

Does this mean NYCL gets to change his first name to Badass?

Badass Beckerman does have a nice ring to it...

Re:'Bout damn time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28258519)

We'll give him a middle name too:

McSteelnuts

Childish and Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256133)

Are they going to steal his ball at recess next?

I'm sure a million teenagers are

Re:Childish and Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256181)

Are they going to steal his ball at recess next?

Which one? Leftie or rightie?

Re:Childish and Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256489)

Screw you!

- Lance

Re:Childish and Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256725)

that was a little below the belt!

And yet transsexuals cannot change gender freely (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256255)

In Sweden if you're trans and want to change to a name of the different gender you need approval from social servcies, which among other things requires you are sterile. Yet a lawyer can add "Pirate" to his first name without the agencies even checking the identity of the applicant. Hurra fÃr myndigheter!

Re:And yet transsexuals cannot change gender freel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256577)

That's okay, just change your name to the Swedish equivalent of Pat.

Re:And yet transsexuals cannot change gender freel (3, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256681)

So enter a filing to change his name to "Transgender-Refused" instead of "Pirate". It might make your point public, and annoy the lawyer yet again.

Re:And yet transsexuals cannot change gender freel (2, Informative)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257781)

Hurra fÃr myndigheter!

Is that Swedish for, "You magnificent bastard! I salute you!"

Should have copyrighted his old name (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256445)

And then sued him personally if he tried to get it back or use it without permission....

Poorly executed IMO but a step in the right direction all the same.

The Poem of the Day (2, Funny)

Celeste R (1002377) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256541)

Please excuse this poem, which some could argue is cornier than a corn cob...

The Lawyer who turned Pirate:
      There once was a lawyer from Switzerland
      Who was paid to take things hand over hand
      When someone called the kettle black
      And at this lawyer took a whack
      He's now known as part of a pirate band.

Re:The Poem of the Day (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256973)

Funny poem for sure, but the guy in the story is from Sweden. Nice job though.

Re:The Poem of the Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28259163)

Funny poem for sure, but the guy in the story is from Sweden. Nice job though.

Eh, same difference.

Re:The Poem of the Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28259803)

Sweden, Switzerland. Meh. They're in the same hemisphere. Close enough for purposes of orbital bombardment.

Re:The Poem of the Day (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257643)

There was once a scum lawyer from Sweden
who wrote tales less true than Joss Whedon
Since in the high court
these he did exhort
with a loophole he was made a grand teton.

Re:The Poem of the Day (1)

e9th (652576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257977)

There once was a lawyer from Sverige
Who lived off IP theft hysteria...

The last line of TFA... (4, Interesting)

vigmeister (1112659) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256667)

mentions an official stating his name will be reverted "in due time"

What are they waiting for? Oh! That's right... an anonymous application!

On the note of applications, this article will probably precipitate a flood of similar immature requests. Maybe the department should suspend applications for a short while until appropriate changes in the procedure are put in place. Hopefully, it doesn't require any legislation and is simply a directive from some official to change the policies.

Cheers!

Re:The last line of TFA... (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258483)

Yeah, but this is a government bureaucracy, so they would stop accepting changes just before processing his to have his name fixed...

Dear Mr. Ponten (4, Funny)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257035)

We regret our mistake not verifying your identity when accepting name change to "Pirate". Your original name "HotLolitazWarez Ponten" is restored. Sincerely, Mr. Foo Bar Sweden department of anonymous name change

A bit childish, but... (1)

Bunji X (444592) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257289)

I do enjoy the sight of Henrik's... sorry... Pirate's nice anti-piracy Gestapo leather coat.

Re:A bit childish, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28258049)

You mean "Heinrich Luitpold PontÃn"?

obligatory xkcd reference (2, Funny)

kaini (1435765) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257411)

Patches.. (1)

Neanderthal Ninny (1153369) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257573)

Maybe he could change his last name to "Patches" so his name will be Patches Pirate.

Re:Patches.. (1)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257749)

If he changed his last name to Patches that would be Pirate Patches.

Change it Back? (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257879)

Sounds like it'll be...
.
.
.
(Wait for it...)
Haaaaarrd!

It Fits (3, Insightful)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258145)

It's a deserving moniker for someone who is hell-bent on stealing the public domain and "finding infringement" where none exists under Swedish law.

Pirate? (4, Funny)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258605)

Wouldn't it make more sense to change it to "Ninja"?

Entirely consistent behavior. (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 5 years ago | (#28258927)

People who don't respect intellectual property would naturally have no regard for another person's interest in the integrity of his or her own name.

His Boss (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28259405)

rep to whoever names his boss Captain

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