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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: For those not in the know...
By walk2k on 8/25/2009 3:59:16 PM , Rating: -1
MAFIAA? Oh please, what are you 12?

Can't say I agree with their tactics but what they are are BUSINESS people trying to sell a product for a PROFIT. Heaven forbid!

What the pirates are, are THEIVES plain and simple.

This isn't taking food from the rich and giving it to the poor and hungry.

It's STEALING luxury items that nobody really NEEDS anyway and giving it to SPOILED kids who just don't want to PAY for it.

Seriously, grow up and join the real world. It's nice here we have pie!

RE: For those not in the know...
By Jackattak on 8/25/2009 4:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
It's thieves.

You might be older than me but at least I know how to spell properly.

RE: For those not in the know...
By walk2k on 8/25/09, Rating: -1
RE: For those not in the know...
By Jackattak on 8/25/2009 5:03:03 PM , Rating: 4
1) I was being facetious on the spelling since you assumed I was some young punk. It's called sarcasm and you're apparently a part of the 49% of Americans who don't get it.

2) Hope you can read Svenska. I can.

To summarize for you in case you can't: They don't have to pay anything at all. There are no tangible assets for Kronofogdemyndigheten to appropriate from TPB.

In the future, you Corporate Shills might want to stay out of threads on subjects you know nothing about.

Thanks for playing.


RE: For those not in the know...
By Bateluer on 8/25/2009 5:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
TPB will still be up and running again in another country shortly.

The judge in their case was linked to the copyright lobby, so hopefully we'll see a mistrial, or whatever the Swedish version is.

Lastly, TPB doesn't exactly generate any income. They aren't hiding or laundering any money, they simply aren't generating it.

RE: For those not in the know...
By Maxima2k2se on 8/26/2009 11:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
if you think they magically don't have to play their fine

I think you meant pay

Just saying :)

Did I lose the argument to?

RE: For those not in the know...
By Jackattak on 8/26/2009 11:55:03 AM , Rating: 2
I think he took his ball and went home.

RE: For those not in the know...
By StraightPipe on 8/25/2009 5:32:00 PM , Rating: 2
The PIE is a LIE

//cake is a lie too

RE: For those not in the know...
By NesteaZen on 8/26/2009 7:51:13 AM , Rating: 2

By Autisticgramma on 8/26/2009 12:33:24 PM , Rating: 2
Pie is not a lie

/cry, however their offer is untrue, the realworld has no more pie than the pie-rate bay.

By Autisticgramma on 8/26/2009 12:21:40 PM , Rating: 1
You sir are a villain, Pie?

Pie is Good, there is no doubt about that, but have you asked Pie what Pie thinks about all things copyright?

How about Marie Calendars suing me on behalf of Pie? I made apple cobbler yesterday, but that is apparently an unauthorized corruption of Pie ingredients.

I think Pie would be appalled, at pie's de-facto involvement in your obvious scheme to use pie as a carrot of the media monopolies.

As far as being spoiled, Pie only sat out long enough to cool, and I assure you taste was not compromised.

Pie-rate Bay will always exist in one form or another. The point is that the media companies missed the boat, or maybe we didn't retrofit the door to let their fat ass on. Regardless, the bay exists because there is demand, on the PC platform for open media, and a wide open wild west to download it on. All they had to do was be first with a storefront, with realistic expectations of what consumers are. And as you can see they Fail.

As far as THEIF, goes downloading a torrent is like picking an apple in a orchard you happen to be walking through. Yes it’s someone's orchard, but if they had the apples at the market I go to, I wouldn't have to find the orchard in the first place. I gotta make Pie with something!

Pie is Good: Live it, Love it, Know it - Gramma

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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