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.
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.
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.