I know that Wired is speculating that this is because of the Sony hack, but there have been numerous cases where companies have had incredible global overreach like in the instance of Megaupload.
Seems Sweden has become a US lapdog, this isn't the first time Sweden has bowed down to copyright infringement enforcement requests from the USA and it won't be the last. They've been trying to take down The Pirate Bay for years now, it will never die. It goes down, it comes back within a day or two, why won't they just give up already?
Until they start combating piracy by offering better service, they will still be subject to piracy treatment - the most effective and appropriate treatment for megacorps that have too much power in their hands ('overreach', quoting the other poster).
Seeing how fast it went back up makes my heart warm. Long live TPB.
I think they must actually care about being provocative.
Google can be accused of the same thing, by the way.
This is scary. I really wonder if it isn't just a matter before people are convinced torrents = piracy and ban all torrent traffic.
Anyways, I doubt PirateBay will be down for long, in France or otherwise.