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One torrent to rule them all...  (Source: The Pirate Bay)
Even if the site goes down, its torrents will not be lost

These may seem like dark days for faithful of The Pirate Bay.  With the site facing either a shutdown at the hands of the IFPI/MPAA or a takeover by the Global Gaming Factory X AB, there's a serious question of whether torrents both legal and illegal will continue to be available for free from the site.  For the good of the community, one user has completed an ambitious crawl-and-archive of the site.

The massive archive weighs in at 21.3 GB -- but that's not bad, considering that it includes all 873,671 torrent files hosted on The Pirate Bay's servers (according to the author; TBP claims this number is over 2 million torrents).  The archival database is programmed in SQLite3.  An example site has been set up that can read from the database -- essentially a backup of The Pirate Bay page.

We urge those who use the torrents found inside to exercise caution.  DailyTech has covered the $1.92M USD verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset (recently upheld by the U.S. Justice Department) and the $675,000 verdict against Joel Tenenbaum (which will also likely be upheld).  And the fate of TBP's own admins is another example in the international sphere -- they face over $3M USD in fines and a year in jail each for their piracy.  These extreme examples are in addition to thousands of citizens who agreed to pay thousands in fines to RIAA and MPAA.  In other words, tread carefully in these waters -- we warned you.

For better or worse, the new torrent represents a time capsule of sorts, ensuring that even if TBP is burned to the ground, it will live on.  And it serves to illustrate just how ineffectual current efforts to stomp out such sites continue to be.


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Torrents can't be stopped, STOP TRYING
By Shig on 8/17/2009 6:22:37 PM , Rating: 4
Instead of setting up their own digital distribution networks like Apple has, they rather just pay lawyers.

Boy I hate lawyers.




By random2 on 8/18/2009 1:24:14 AM , Rating: 5
Specially the corporate ones. Whether they work for the MPAA, RIAA or the major health insurance carriers.

Don't bother voting...it's not your elected government running things. It's these buggers.


By marvdmartian on 8/18/2009 9:29:58 AM , Rating: 3
One of my favorite scenes from Robin Williams, in Hook:

Rufio: We kill pirates.
Peter Banning: I'm not a pirate. It so happens I am a lawyer.
Rufio: [with the rest of the Lost Boys pulling out their weapons] Kill the lawyer!
Peter Banning: [laughs nervously] I'm not that kind of lawyer!


RIP.... but the Ghost of Davy Locker goes on
By Belard on 8/17/2009 6:22:21 PM , Rating: 5
I think that would be a good name for the database file... Davy Jone's Locker ;)

TPB was amusing... but under their law, it seems they were safe from the courts. They had won previous cases, perhaps they were not keeping up with new laws?

To a degree, TPB isn't much different from Google or any other search service since illegal / pirated files and media can be found without TBP. So I think google can be targeted as well.

TBP didn't have any pirated material.




By spartan014 on 8/18/2009 2:14:31 AM , Rating: 3
No.. Shipwreck Cove.. Thats where we make our last stand. :)


TPB not TBP
By TreeDude62 on 8/18/2009 9:37:29 AM , Rating: 3
You use TBP instead of TPB several times in the article....




RE: TPB not TBP
By rbfowler9lfc on 8/18/2009 11:01:47 AM , Rating: 3
What, Teh Birate Pay? Look, I'm sick, I have a cold and a runny nose, do not scoff at my pronunciation please.... =)


should have used 7-zip
By lycium on 8/17/2009 6:18:38 PM , Rating: 5
LZMA FTW.




Of Trackers and Dead Torrents
By GaryJohnson on 8/17/2009 7:37:50 PM , Rating: 3
If someone were looking to legally shut down the TPB file sharing network wouldn't they go after the tracker as well as or even in lieu of the site itself?

I also wonder what percentage of the torrents in this archive are actually good torrents? There's a lot of crap on TPB. How many of these torrents are nonsense, trojans, or etc? Are these only seeded torrents, or are there a bunch of dead torrents in there too?




By tfk11 on 8/17/2009 8:10:34 PM , Rating: 2
lol




Not unexpected really
By PrinceGaz on 8/18/2009 8:44:34 AM , Rating: 2
A similar thing happened when ShareReactor (at the time the biggest ed2k site) was shut down a few years ago. I didn't realise there were quite so many torrents indexed by TPB though.




I said...
By Kyanzes on 8/21/2009 8:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
SEEEED!!!! SEEED YOU BASTARDS!!!! So many leechers, no seeders.

:)




By on 8/22/2009 11:31:25 AM , Rating: 2
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COOGI(jeans, tshirts, hoody, jacket) $30
christian audigier(jeans, tshirts, hoody) $13
edhardy(shoes, tshirts, jeans, caps, watche, handbag) $25
Armani(jeans, tshirts,) $24
AF(jeans, coat, hoody, sweater, tshirts)Abercrombie & Fitch $31

quote:
http://www.bbcloth.com
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By on 8/22/2009 11:56:21 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
http://www.bbcloth.com
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(air jordan, air max, shox tn, rift, puma, dunk sb, adidas) nike jordan shoes 1-24 $32
lv, coach, chane bag $35
COOGI(jeans, tshirts, hoody, jacket) $30
christian audigier(jeans, tshirts, hoody) $13
edhardy(shoes, tshirts, jeans, caps, watche, handbag) $25
Armani(jeans, tshirts,) $24
AF(jeans, coat, hoody, sweater, tshirts)Abercrombie & Fitch $31

quote:
http://www.bbcloth.com
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By on 8/22/2009 11:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
http://www.bbcloth.com
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(air jordan, air max, shox tn, rift, puma, dunk sb, adidas) nike jordan shoes 1-24 $32
lv, coach, chane bag $35
COOGI(jeans, tshirts, hoody, jacket) $30
christian audigier(jeans, tshirts, hoody) $13
edhardy(shoes, tshirts, jeans, caps, watche, handbag) $25
Armani(jeans, tshirts,) $24
AF(jeans, coat, hoody, sweater, tshirts)Abercrombie & Fitch $31

quote:
http://www.bbcloth.com
http://www.bbcloth.com




wow
By tviceman on 8/17/09, Rating: -1
RE: wow
By lightfoot on 8/17/2009 6:04:01 PM , Rating: 3
X marks the spot to the pirate booty! Argh!


RE: wow
By JasonPainter on 8/17/2009 6:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The massive archive weighs in at 21.3 GB.


That seems small, no?


RE: wow
By seacreature on 8/17/2009 6:44:26 PM , Rating: 3
No, it's absolutely huge. TBP only stores torrent files, not the software the torrents point to. Torrent files are typically pretty tiny.


RE: wow
By vailr on 8/17/09, Rating: -1
RE: wow
By VoodooChicken on 8/17/2009 10:13:37 PM , Rating: 4
NO CONTENT IS HOSTED HERE!!!
Have you ever actually READ a torrent file? It's around 4 or 5 lines of text and then a bunch of machine code. They're around 5-50KB depending on how many files are associated with it.
So imagine how many torrents this size it takes to come up with 21.3GB (the 2 million estimated count)


RE: wow
By xsilver on 8/17/2009 10:43:03 PM , Rating: 3
chill dude - its just typical of torrent users to not know whats going on. (how do you play rar? what is avi? LOL)

Im surprised no one has made the comment in there of
"SEEEEEEEEEEEDD FFS" :)


RE: wow
By MadMan007 on 8/18/2009 6:30:19 AM , Rating: 5
SEEEEEEEEEEEDD FFS


RE: wow
By cruisin3style on 8/17/2009 10:47:16 PM , Rating: 3
I "imagine" it is the 873,671 torrents quoted in the article


RE: wow
By dark matter on 8/18/2009 2:13:04 AM , Rating: 2
which side of the bed did you fall out of!


RE: wow
By sdoorex on 8/18/2009 10:05:36 AM , Rating: 2
21.3GB divided by 873,671 torrents is about 25KB per torrent. That seem about average for most torrents. The largest I have ever seen was 1.2MB.


RE: wow
By MrPoletski on 8/19/2009 5:38:30 AM , Rating: 2
1.2MB torrent file?

that's a lot of pr0n!


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