by MATTHEW HUSSEY
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has created a device that he believes is costing the music industry $10 million a day, reports TorrentFreak.
The ‘Kopimashin’, seen in the video below makes 100 copies of the Gnarls Barkley song ‘Crazy’ and sends them all to /dev/null – a technical term meaning the files are deleted as soon as they are saved.
An LCD display then logs how many times the songs are downloaded and the relative cost to music industry in lost revenue.
The machine is built using a Raspberry Pi, an LCD display and some Python code.
Thus far, more than eight million copies of the song have been made, equating to roughly $10 million in loses per day, says TorrentFreak.
But the machine, instead of being a giant fuck you to the music industry, forms part of an art project exploring the value of digital copying.
“I want to show the absurdity on the process of putting a value to a copy. The machine is made to be very blunt and open about the fact that it’s not a danger to any industry at all,” Sunde told Torrent Freak.
Sunde is planning on building another 12 Kopimashins, of which most will be shown at exhibitions across the world. There are even plans to sell a few so you too can express your disgust at 2006’s pop hit.
While the project is designed to prove a point – namely the futility of the business model the music industry employs – it does flirt dangerously with the terms of his one-year jail sentence handed out to Sunde in 2010.
But that hasn’t deterred the former Pirate Bay front man who is in talks with Guinness Book of Records to have his creation recognized officially.