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Home nation of Sweden is no longer a hospitable environment for the controversial torrent site

Established in 2001 in Sweden by pro-piracy group Piratbyrån (The Piracy Bureau), The Pirate Bay has established itself as the world's top torrent site, and a huge headache for big media worldwide.  But following a 2009 verdict against the site's top administrators, which saw them sentenced to a year in prison and $3.6M USD in damages (to be split among the four defendants), things started to get uncomfortable for the site in its once fertile homeland.

I. Top Torrent Site Flees Sweden

Sweden's highly mobilized Pirate Party, which holds seats in the European Parliament, has been providing bandwidth to the site.  But facing the threat of a lawsuit from anti-piracy attack dog Rights Alliance, The Pirate Bay has abandoned ship, moving on to new Pirate Party strongholds in Norway and Catalunya (Spain).

Copyright groups have struggled to officially charge The Pirate Bay since the site switched to magnet links.  Thus they've largely resorted to threats of civil lawsuits, where there's a lower burden of proof and higher probability for punitive damages against administrators or affiliated hosters.

This is not the first major shift in hosting for The Pirate Bay, but it marks another painful exodus from the site's homeland due to legal troubles.  But users should not expect any disruption in service.

Describes Pirate Bay admin Winona in a TorrentFreak interview, "TPB did of course have lots of backup transit lined up for ages. This is however the first time we are going to show two at the same time.  It will be interesting to see who is now blamed for hosting TPB. In the end, maybe the anti-interneterians will understand that they can’t win a fight when they have the people against them."

II. New Destination: Spain and Norway 

Norway is a pretty friendly new homeport for the pirates.  Top Norwegian ISP Telenor (STO:TELO) has adamantly refused to block The Pirate Bay.  And Norwegian courts have supported that stance, smacking down lawsuits and appeals by top international anti-piracy group IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

Others in the EU, like the Netherlands, block the site, although it's still reasonably easy to reach via proxies.

Spain is another Mos Eisley of the pirate world, where not-for-profit infringement is often overlooked.  The nation's Comisión de Propiedad Intelectual (Copyright Commission) is supposedly tasked with enforcing the Sinde Law (a provision similar to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 in the U.S.), however the Intellectual Property Alliance accuses Spain of not following up on complaints (unlike the U.S. where DMCA takedowns are serious stuff).  In fact, the U.S. has threatened to blacklist Spain due to its seemingly pro-piracy stance.

Running of the Bulls
The Pirate Bay is headed to Spain -- ¡Olé!

The IIAA bellyache to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), "To date, only two websites have closed in response to complaints submitted to the IP Commission by IIPA’s member affiliates, and those websites closed voluntarily.  As of yet the IP Commission has not once made use of its authority to request a judicial writ from the Administrative Court to order the closure of a single infringing website or service. Meanwhile, IIPA is aware of at least 80 complaints that remain outstanding. More than ever, websites providing or linking to illegal content can be secure in the knowledge that takedown measures are nonexistent and result in no consequences."

III. Pirate Party Prepares Police Complaint Against Copyright Group 

The Pirate Party of Sweden is optimistic that the move will help them focus on continuing to gain political momentum, both within the Scandinavian nation, and within the EU.  Comments Party Leader Anna Troberg, "It is wonderful to be able to pass on the baton to two sister parties. It is testament to the pirate movement’s maturity and strength. We help each other and work with our sight set firmly on the future.... You always have to choose your battles wisely... The Pirate Party’s mission is not to produce martyrs for the copyright industry."

Anna Troberg
Anna Troberg, Swedish Pirate Party chief [Image Source: DagensArena]

And while the party may be setting sail for friendlier waters, it's also looking to counterattack in Sweden with a police complaint.  Comments Ms. Troberg, "The Pirate Party has a board meeting in a few days. I will recommend the board to file a police report against the Rights Alliance for unlawful coercion.  It is important to determine precisely how forgiving the system is to those who try to abuse the judicial system to silence others."

Things could get interesting if the pirates follow through on their threat to file a police report against the Rights Alliance, a top anti-piracy group.  However, don't expect much action in Sweden, a nation where top courts are stacked with former copyright enforcement employees.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Hooray for the Bay
By mike66 on 2/26/2013 4:43:00 PM , Rating: 4
Hooray for Spain, Glad to see that you are a democracy that is not influenced by immoral copy right agencies ( mostly supported by the immoral porn producers ). Copy right should never be a criminal matter, civil yes but not criminal. End users getting millons of dollars in fines is just ridiculous. We have copy right laws in Australia but we do not enforce them as well, there has only been one case of copy right infringement of an end user, our biggist Telco ( half government owned ) recently refused to pass on infringement notices too end users. America has forgotten "for the people by the people".

RE: Hooray for the Bay
By Master Kenobi on 2/26/2013 11:00:49 PM , Rating: 3
USA - Government bought and paid for by the corporations. There will eventually be a reckoning in the USA, it's just difficult to say when and who will come out on top.

RE: Hooray for the Bay
By Omega215D on 2/26/2013 11:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
It's been long overdue but people are just too damn lazy and instead pre-occupied by X-Factor/ Glee or some crap like it.

RE: Hooray for the Bay
By mi1400 on 2/27/2013 7:12:46 AM , Rating: 2
I dont know what news sites are trying to propagate ... PirateBay sucked since its inception, was mostly a bittorent promotion/marketing jargon ... and i have barely downloaded/founded anything useful from there. web spiders traversing rapidshare, megaupload (some 2 dozen+) etc are far more useful than PirateBay crap.

RE: Hooray for the Bay
By Strunf on 2/27/2013 7:43:51 AM , Rating: 2
I have a different opinion of them, almost all the (if not all) stuff there is virus free and they take down "incorrect" torrents very quickly, sure there are newer torrent websites and somewhat better looking/organized but piratebay is still a good value, more so if you look for torrents not very widespread.

RE: Hooray for the Bay
By superstition on 2/28/2013 10:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
I was able to find obsolete software that we used to have disks for. A lot of older software, which sometimes becomes needed (especially given the age of some of the faculty) was trashed by a stupid IT manager. The software support server that had disk images of all the stuff was also shut down without notice by that guy.

RE: Hooray for the Bay
By Disorganise on 2/27/2013 7:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
I've always found it to be very usable. and it's a godsend now that I'm living in a foreign country; it's the only way I can keep watching favourite shows. Even in Australia I frequently used the bay to download F1 shows due to the piss poor local coverage.
but I stick to shows and I don't recall ever getting an infected file. the occasional german or Spanish commentary perhaps, but that's usually cos I didn't pay attention. the bay is invaluable for me, long may it prosper.

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