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Say what you will about The Pirate Bay and its admins, but you can't say they lack a sense of humor.  (Source: The Pirate Bay)
Arggh, the ship isn't sunk yet!

Many times the good things in life just don't last.  That may yet be the case with The Pirate Bay.  For years internet users worldwide used the site to get their music, TV, and movie fix.  Some of the torrents were legal, others were orphaned works (technically illegal to share), and still others were blatant examples of infringement.  But all these torrents had one thing in common -- they brought people across the world together through enjoyable experiences.

However, yesterday the legal woes of the world's largest torrent site forced it to temporarily go offline, signalling a potential end to those happy times.  The site's legal crisis first began when Swedish courts found the site's admins guilty of copyright infringement and ordered them jailed and fined over $3.6M USD.

The site was purchased by Sweden's Global Gaming Factory, which made a bid to make the site legit under a rather nebulous plan.  Now it appears that bid -- and the site -- may be in jeopardy thanks to the aggressive legal action of copyright protection organizations.

The MPAA, RIAA, and IFPI sued the ISP that provided service to The Pirate Bay's ISP and won.  That ISP was ordered on Monday by a Swedish court to take down the site or face daily fines of $70,000 USD.  The site was quickly taken down Monday, only to pop back up after a few hours, only to be taken down yet again.

The site owners, who are currently appealing the original judgement, write, "The good people at the MAFIAA decided to sue. Not TPB [The Pirate Bay], not the owners of TPB. Not even TPBs ISP. They decided to sue TPBs ISPs ISP.  And you know what? They won. They made a court believe their #lies and they made them force the ISPs ISP to shut down access to TPB."

The MAFIAA has spent millions of dollars and endless amounts of time to get this ban in order.  Our guess is that they also bribed a bit to get it since it violates so many laws not only in Sweden but also in the EU, not to mention violations against human rights. And what do they have to show for it? [Three] hours of partial downtime."

The Pirate Bay admins refer to the MPAA, RIAA, and IFPI, collectively, as MAFIAA due to the organizations' reputation for resorting to at times thuggish legal tactics.  Whatever name you know these organizations as, it is clear that they're on a roll, with massive jury verdicts over U.S. citizens Jammie Rassett-Thomas and Joel Tenenbaum, and securing an order to takedown of the world's largest torrent site.

However, The Pirate Bay admins remain defiant and determined.  As of this morning the site was back online, with no apparent service interruptions.  The admins are now offering a new T-Shirt for sale on the home page mocking the copyright protection organizations.  The shirt reads, "I spent months of time and millions of dollars to close down The Pirate Bay and all I'll get is this beautiful t-shirt!"

Further, the true impact of the takedown and other potential future takedowns may be minimized by the spread of a recently released, easily accessible, archive of the entire site, including all its torrents, written in SQLite3.

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RE:'s up right now.
By JasonMick on 8/25/2009 11:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
Hey guys,
Don't jump on him, he's halfway right...

FYI, we were having some technical difficulties with our article engine, and had to post the story I had written very early this morning before I could edit it with the current information. So it appeared for about a minute saying that the TBP was down before I pulled it to make my revisions... Sorry Motoman, there was no real way around posting the piece briefly.

That said, back to the topic at hand ;)

Should be interesting to see if TBP is able to ward off these takedown attempts for good.

RE:'s up right now.
By Motoman on 8/25/2009 11:37:56 AM , Rating: 5
Don't jump on him, he's halfway right... the time I posted, I was "all the way right."


RE:'s up right now.
By bighairycamel on 8/25/2009 12:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
Pardon my rudeness then :)

RE:'s up right now.
By sprockkets on 8/25/2009 4:57:26 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe the site is up, but the tracker doesn't appear to be working...

RE:'s up right now.
By Entropy42 on 8/26/2009 10:36:59 AM , Rating: 2
Now you aren't right at all, so I guess we can take an average and say you are half-way right.

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By damianrobertjones on 8/25/2009 11:50:27 AM , Rating: 1
RE:'s up right now.
By Gzus666 on 8/25/2009 1:57:01 PM , Rating: 4
RE:'s up right now.
By SandmanWN on 8/25/2009 2:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
His article is about the recently revised testing for Q3 2009.

Your retorts are from the Q1 rebuttal earlier this year.

Just saying...

RE:'s up right now.
By gstrickler on 8/25/2009 2:57:17 PM , Rating: 5
His point is that the reports from NSS can't be considered reliable for the following reasons (taken from the first link he provided, I added the emphasis):

"In addition, the report itself is suspect as it is funded by Microsoft ."

"NSS Labs started with a set of more than 1,779 URLs , which it ultimately narrowed down to a testing set of just 492 sites . These sites were confirmed, by manual testing, to be malicious. Yet, not a single tested URL is presented for comparison . This lack of peer-review opportunity leads some to argue the NSS test was completely biased."

While this applies to the earlier tests, it still calls NSS' methods into question. No explanation is given as to why over 72% of the sites were eliminated from the test, there is no opportunity for anyone outside of NSS to verify the results, and the tests were funded by MS (who clearly wants IE8 to come out on top). Until NSS discloses sufficient information about their testing methodology and tests such that an outside source can say that it's an unbiased test and validate the results, it's just propaganda, ...I mean "marketing".

RE:'s up right now.
By Gzus666 on 8/25/2009 6:39:16 PM , Rating: 1
His article also links to a site that uses a blog for it's source. If you click on the source link

you will see it leads absolutely nowhere. I love "news" that is dubious at best and has no sources!

Looks like a pretty clear case of MS paying for good news for its unliked browser that is waning in use. At the very least, it was a terrible study that proves nothing. The slant towards MS while being funded by the same party just concretes the suspicion.

RE:'s up right now.
By gstrickler on 8/25/2009 12:03:32 PM , Rating: 3
Jason, that's the best article I've seen from you on DT. You may know that I'm not one of your fans, so let me take this opportunity to say good job.

While I firmly anti-piracy (I'm a software architect and developer, and I don't want people pirating my work either), I can't stand the tactics of the MPAA and RIAA, so I find it hilarious that they're being outmaneuvered by TPB admins.

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