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ThePirateBay.org seems to have won its most recent battle, but the war has just started

It’s been an interesting month for ThePirateBay.org to say the least. A police raid of their servers, an impressive reorganization and re-launch in another country in less than 4 days, accusations that the US government pressured the action and the political wake it has caused in Sweden has been remarkable to say the least.

Earlier this month ThePirateBay.org servers, under pressure from US diplomatic channels it is alleged, were raided and confiscated by the Swedish police in relation to an ongoing investigation by the US MPAA. Celebration for the MPAA was short lived however as the site was back online in less than three days while ThePirateBay.org relocated its operation temporarily to a datacenter in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  On June 15th ThePirateBay.org moved back to its home in Sweden in a final insult to the MPAA -- which included a less than friendly message in the reverse DNS of the new server home.

News reports in Sweden (YouTube)  allege that the MPAA has pressured the US to threaten sanctions against Sweden if the country does not move to better protect intellectual property rights in the country.  ThePirateBay's blog further alleges that the MPAA hired a private investigator to tail site employees.

The entire ordeal has backfired horribly for the MPAA, as ThePirateBay.org’s traffic has quadrupled since the raid reaching the top 500 on Alexa's site index.

The Swedish media has slammed the state action taken by the Swedish Government. Piratpartiet, a Swedish political party advocating DRM and IP reform founded in the wake of TPB's raids has gained considerable headway, so much so that a similar party has been started in the United States.



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By masher2 (blog) on 6/26/2006 9:22:21 AM , Rating: 2
> "I wouldn't get too optimistic about that, technology always finds a way"

Technology only "finds a way" when there is no legal framework for enforcement. The situation today is near-zero governmental involvement in individual-level piracy.

When downloading a pirated work means not just a 1/100000 chance of a RIAA lawsuit, but rather a knock on your door by federal marshals, the situation will be rather different.

Seriously, the 'wild west' atmosphere of the Internet is nothing new historically. Technology has created similar situations many times in the past few centuries. Law always lags behind...but it eventually catches up.


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