The piracy community took a devastating hit towards the end of last year when the world’s most popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, was raided and shut down. However, it didn’t take long for the Bay to return and it is once again on the move. A court has ordered the main domain to be seized.
With reasoning that The Pirate Bay is linked to copyright crimes, the Stockholm District Court has ordered that its two main domains – thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se – be seized. Like Jack Sparrow laugh’s in the face of sanity, The Pirate Bay laughed in the face of the court order and has instituted redirects from the Swedish domains to six other domains around the world.
The site even created a new logo featuring hydra heads with the iconic Pirate Bay Ship. If you’re not caught up on your Greek mythology, the hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with multiple heads. It was said that if you cut off one hydra head, two more grow back in its place. Sounds like The Pirate Bay is sending a serious message.
Taking things a step further, in a comment made to TorrentFreak, The Pirate Bay took another jab at the court order saying,
Congratulations to Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad. Two years hard work to get us to change two little letters at a cost of $20,000 per letter. He could have given us $35,000 and we would have left the domain, thus saving the Swedish tax payer $5,000. All he had to do was ask nicely.
The Pirate Bay has made voyages around the web before, and no matter what befalls it, it tends to pop back up pretty quickly. Stockholm doesn’t seem to be any closer to taking them down though, that’s for sure.