An Island Escape for Internet File Swappers

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The Principality of Sealand — which bills itself as the world's smallest nation — is on the block. Now's there's an interested buyer: A file-sharing Web site based in Sweden wants to purchase the manmade island, off the coast of England, in an effort to avoid copyright laws.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And now that David has updated us on geek land, here's an update on what one publication is calling nerd-vana. This is the last word on business today. It's an update on a real estate investment we first told you about last week. The principality of Sealand, which bills itself as the world's smallest nation, is on the block. And now there is an interested buyer.

A file-sharing Web site based in Sweden wants to purchase this tiny manmade island off the coast of England. Even calling it an island is an overstatement. A chunk of concrete. The Pirate Bay Web site has run into legal trouble in Sweden but if it moves to Sealand, it may not have to worry about meddlesome copyright laws.

So it has set up a Web site for donations. And as of this morning, about $14,000 have come in. But the effort to set up what one publication is calling nerd-vana may take awhile because Sealand's owners reportedly want about $1 billion for their tiny nation.

Maybe people could consider trying a pledge drive. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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