Swedish police have seized servers, computers and other equipment used by The Pirate Bay, effectively (for the time being) taking the controversial file-sharing platform offline. The takedown directly affected the service’s thepiratebay.se domain, and had a knock on effect on other domains and proxies cused to access the site. CMU Daily reported that the service’s homepage” did reappear at a new domain registered in Costa Rica, though at the time of writing [09.12.14] that version of the site isn’t actually working – the homepage and community feed appear, but any attempt to access links to content via the site result in an internal server error.” Other file-sharing sites such as EZTV, Zoink, and Torrage were also offline, as was Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org.
The National Coordinator of IP Crime at Stockholm County Police Paul Pinter told Reuters: “We had a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm because of a copyright infringement, and yes it was Pirate Bay”.
Interestingly, one of the orginal founders Peter Sunde, who is no longer involved with TPB, posted a blog admitting that he was happy that the website was offline saying “News just reached me that The Pirate Bay has been raided, again. That happened over 8 years ago last time. That time, a lot of people went out to protest and rally in the streets. Today few seem to care. And I’m one of them” and that over “the past [few] years there was no soul left in TPB. The original team handed it over to, well, less soul-ish people to say the least” adding “TPB has become an institution that people just expected to be there” and “[But with] no one willing to take the technology further. The site was ugly, full of bugs, old code and old design. It never changed except for one thing – the ads. More and more ads were filling the site, and somehow when it felt unimaginable to make these ads more distasteful they somehow ended up even worse” and “As a big fan of the KLF I once learned that it’s great to burn great things up. At least then you can quit while you’re on top. I think I left TPB just a little bit after that top, and not when it’s as shitty as it was when it was closed today. It feels good that it might have closed down forever, just a real shame the way it did that” although perhaps more ominously for content owners he did conclude “It feels good that it might have closed down forever, just a real shame the way [was taken offline] it did that. A planned retirement would have given the community time and a way to kick off something new, something better, something faster, something more reliable and with no chance of corrupting itself. Something that had a soul and could retain it”.
One of the current operators of The Pirate Bay has told Torrentfreak that the community of up to 50 people who have run the site in recent years are now considering their options. Since The Pirate Bay went down, and it became clear that it wasn’t going to spring back upquickly, various copies of the site have appeared online, and some of these are now starting to add new content to their databases. Amongst them is oldpiratebay.org which is seemingly being run by the team behind isohunt.to, which itself was a site that emerged after the original isoHunt website was shut down after its operator lost a legal battle with the US movie industry.