posted by Charleyy Hodson

Who knew watching YouTube videos could save the life of a pirate!?

The Internet just keeps on getting stranger. This week we all died over Katniss Everdeen screaming about Peeta (“Pita”, get it?) and now we’re all deciding a pirates fate through the power of YouTube. Seriously.

Apparently the law works in different ways in Czechoslovakia. A man, known only as ‘Jakub’, was convicted of software piracy but has been given permission to dodge the £148,314 fine in damages on the understanding that he makes a YouTube video. The one condition is that it MUST reach 200,000 views. Honestly, we’re not making this up.

This video may be difficult to follow if, like us, you don’t speak a lick of Czech, but check out the video below and send this pirate a free view if you believe in redemption!

The video was uploaded to YouTube on November the 22nd and has already DOUBLED the required viewing that Jakub needs to escape the law, with a viewer count (at the time of writing) of 408,823.

On the topic of his illegal activity, TorrentFreak has translated Jakub’s thoughts; “I thought that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I thought that it didn’t hurt the big companies. I didn’t even do it for the money. I did it for fun.”

What do you think? Is this a suitable means to side-step punishment or is this both inappropriate and unorthodox? Let us know in the poll!