Hoist The Colours High: The Pirate Bay is Coming Back

February 2015

Internet, sound recordings


Here’s a guest piece by Thomas Dubuisson (@tdubuisson) for the 1709 Copyright Blog on a subject that refuses to fade away: the fate of The Pirate Bay. Thomas writes:

“This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow”(Jack Sparrow, Pirates Of The Caribbean)

For many years, internet service providers (ISPs) have tried, and sometimes succeeded, to block access to The Pirate Bay (TPB), known as the world’s largest illegal file-sharing site, in several countries around the world. However, this time, it’s “in real life” and not, as expected, on the internet, that thepiratebay.se domain was shut down.

Launched in September 2003, The Pirate Bay website has since been involved in a number of lawsuits, mainly accused of copyright infringement and of authorizing the infringement of its users. Eleven years later, on December 9, 2014, Swedish police carried out a raid at the Nacka Station data centre, in Stockholm, seizing a huge treasure: servers, computers, and other equipment. As a result, the site has been taken offline and dragged down several other popular BitTorrent services (i.e. open Internet application for content distribution) with it, such as EZTV, Zoink, Torrage.

As a consequence, many people have been looking for Pirate Bay alternatives. Following the raid, many Pirate Bay “copies” flourished. For instance, the IsoHunt.to, a de facto replacement of the original site that reached a settlement with MPAA stipulating $110 million reimbursement for damages in 2013, launched an OldPirateBay.org to “save the Freedom of information on the Internet” and to “keep on sharing”. They also launched “The Open Bay” initiative, a new torrent landscape, allowing anyone to create a Pirate Bay copy on his/her own domain.

Are we getting closer to the end of “the day” Swedish police will always remember as the day they almost caught The Pirate Bay? New elements shared by The Pirate Bay crew seem to indicate the resurrection of the site. A few days after the Police raid, TPB installed a countdown timer on the homepage indicating that something is about to happen on February 1, 2015. Recently, the TPB included the site’s familiar look with the site’s search bar, categories, and navigation elements.



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