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[dupe] Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here’s What We Know (wired.com)
62 points by philippeflap on Dec 10, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 25 comments



The overreach that companies with big pockets like Sony Pictures Entertainment have when it comes to enforcing their ownership rights over content they own scares me. It's 2014 and a company like Sony can get a swat and forensics team to take down a website hosted in a completely different country. Just trying to get your local police department to find a stolen car or help you recover a stolen phone can be struggle enough. But heaven forbid, people are sharing magnet links on The Pirate Bay, we must send in the big guns.

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?


It's worth noting that the Sony Corporation itself is based in Japan, while the subsidiary that was hacked, Sony Pictures Entertainment, is American. Also, there's no proof that they're behind this, only speculation from Wired.


I have updated my comment reflecting the appropriate name of the subsidiary of Sony and fact that Wired are speculating. Thank you for commenting and pointing that out.


How is it that they've been able to maintain a .se domain? You'd think that Swedish authorities could get that seized.


Sweden with their fear of Russia, jets incidents? Yeah, they will eventually give back favour. Favour for favour they say.


It would kind of be nice if piracy could be temporarily paused, just so we could actually see the economic impact. I imagine theater revenues would not magically increase and the movie execs would go to war on their next imaginary enemy. Unlicensed HDCP strippers or something.


Not exactly piracy stopped or something but here is an example a successful DRM that stopped crackers for a month of two for couple of games and the results of how it effected games' sales: http://www.dsogaming.com/news/report-denuvo-drm-system-has-b...


I recall, and this article also mentions, that TBP's operators were bragging about moving to the cloud a couple years ago, and supposedly had become raid-proof[1]. Assuming such is true, I'm curious what law-enforcement did to defeat TPB's anti-raid measures.

1. http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-moves-to-the-cloud-become...


It's back online at http://piratebay.cr/, but I heard it's having trouble handling the surge of traffic from the news.


Well, good job copyright mafia, you just drove a ton more traffic to share your stuff without your permission.


The new location is updated on TPB Wikipedia page — for others' future reference!


Sometimes I just think that the world is perfectly balanced in this regard. Corporate greed and DRM cuffs are offset by people's desire to be freed from them.

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'm surprised at this - doesn't the Swedish Pirate Party have some ties to the Pirate Bay, and some political power?


I think their power is a tad less than that of the US :)


So the front end is just a proxy that apparently stores the IP addresses of the backend servers in memory. Here's what I'm wondering: why do they run a site on the public internet at all? Why not run the proxying front end on Tor? Or maybe they do already?


>why do they run a site on the public internet at all?

I think they must actually care about being provocative.


It is mostly a nonsense. There will always be contraflow to decentralized systems. The pirate bay situation is classic stick it to the man storytime. When are LEAs in these regions going to reason that TPB is a hydra - cut off one head, and countless others sprout from it? An absolute nonsense


I can't help but think that adding ads to their website led to their downfall. How can they claim they aren't profiting off stolen content if they are riddled with ads?


What stolen content can you find on their servers?

Google can be accused of the same thing, by the way.


Meh, that's a really lame cop out. Technically it makes sense, but morally, not really.


I suppose they could claim that they are not profitable, if that's true.



> And last week a French court ordered ISPs in that country to block access to Pirate Bay, as well as any of its mirror sites, from within French territory.

This is scary. I really wonder if it isn't just a matter before people are convinced torrents = piracy and ban all torrent traffic.


Why does blocking Pirate Bay lead to banning all torrent traffic? If anything, they've made exactly the distiction you're afraid they wont.

Anyways, I doubt PirateBay will be down for long, in France or otherwise.


It has been blocked before in different countries, the blocks were not very effective for any length of time (measured in hours or days)




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