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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

The Pirate Bay has poked Big Content's sore spot again, by erecting a site for mobile devices at themobilebay.org. The new site doesn't do much beyond features offered by The Pirate Bay's other ventures. The site's overseers told Torrent Freak that “The normal version of the site renders like crap on mobile devices”, an …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014
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Pirate Bay becomes 'Research Bay' for three days

Notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has found a way to clothe itself in a little respectability for a couple of days by teaming with Sweden's Lund University Internet Institute to research file sharing. The Institute operates a ”Cybernormer” effort that says “Understanding online norms and values is essential to …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
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The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, who has been fighting his conviction on charges of facilitating copyright infringement, has been arrested in Sweden. The arrest comes just days after Sunde's bid for a seat in the European Parliament as a Pirate Party representative came to nought, with the party garnering just 0.7 per cent …

Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK

The Pirate Bay has hit a historic milestone after celebrating its 10 millionth upload. However, the auspiciousness of the occasion was dampened slightly by the fact the content in question was a pirated copy of a smut film from the "Intimate Lesbians" series. According to torrent news website Torrentfreak, the embattled Pirate …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014

The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

The Pirate Bay's ongoing attempts to find safe harbour continue, with the torrent-tracker site hopping to another domain twice in a week. Last week, the site tied up in the .PE domain administered by Peru. Locals seem not to have offered it a warm welcome as it soon set sail for a .GY address in Guyana. But the Caribbean nation …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013
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Pirate Bay ties up in Peru

Notorious bittorrent tracker The Pirate Bay has moved again, taking up residence in Peru. Previously housed in the .ac domain assigned to Ascension Island, the service has moved itself to the .pe namespace. As ever, there's some obfuscation going on here, as the IP address associated with the site – 194.71.107.27 – is reported …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013

Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

Two ISPs in The Netherlands have overturned a court order that forced them to block access to BitTorrent search engine the Pirate Bay. Internet providers in the Euro nation were told by a district judge in 2012 to seal off the website from their customers, at the request of anti-piracy campaigners. Two ISPs, Ziggo and XS4All, …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2014
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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

Infamous file-sharing-network search engine The Pirate Bay is at work on new software that's designed to help it evade state-imposed internet censorship, sources claim. According to an article on file-sharing blog TorrentFreak, the notorious torrent-mongers are developing a client that will create a distributed, peer-to-peer …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
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Pirate Bay co-founder Svartholm Warg to be shipped to Denmark

Beardy Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg will be extradited to Denmark next week to face hacking charges, after a long journey which has already seen him deported from Cambodia to Sweden last year. The balding former pirateer will be forced from his homeland next Wednesday 27 November, prosecutor Henrik Olin told AFP …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2013

Pirate Bay docks in Iceland

The Pirate Bay has found a new home in Iceland. The tectonically-challenged nation has network information centre, ISNIC, which tends the .IS domain and also performs other unglamorous work necessary to keep bits flowing around the country. TorrentFreak reports that ISNIC does not concern itself with the activities of those who …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2013
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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

The Pirate Bay has been torpedoed after telecoms companies from two countries blocked the website’s dual domains. The world’s largest file-sharing site moved a Swedish .se domain to a Greenland-based .gl address between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning after apparently being tipped off that the Swedes were planning to …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2013
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P2P badboy The Pirate Bay sets sail for the Caribbean

The Pirate Bay has fled to the Caribbean after Swedish authorities launched yet another attempt to seize its domain name. Swedish prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad filed a motion at the District Court of Stockholm yesterday calling for the seizure of TPB’s Swedish addresses - thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se - as well as its Icelandic …
Jasper Hamill, 01 May 2013
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The Pirate Bay's new censorship-dodging browser 'not secure'

The Pirate Bay has released a bundle of add-ons to help people search for and access bits of the internet that governments and ISPs have locked away. The only hitch is: despite the fact that it contains a Tor client, security experts have said that it doesn't completely anonymise internet traffic. This has raised concerns about …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013
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Pirate Bay captain pleads with Swedes: Don't make me walk Danish plank

The founder of The Pirate Bay has written a letter to the Swedish government urging it not to deport him to Denmark. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is due to face trial in Denmark alongside another unnamed suspect. The pair are expected to be charged with hacking into a social security database, accessing the email accounts of …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Oct 2013
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Pirate Bay founder Warg jailed for two years for hacking and fraud

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty of hacking in Sweden and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Warg, 28, was found guilty of breaking into the Swedish arm of IT services firm Logica before publishing the personal data of thousands of people, as well as hacking into Nordea (Scandinavia’s biggest …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2013
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The Pirate Bay cries foul over Pirate Bay copycats

Beware of unauthorised copies of The Pirate Bay, comes a warning from, er… The Pirate Bay. The Swedish site notorious for indexing unauthorised copies of music, films and books has found itself being copied, and it doesn't like it one bit. On its blog, The Pirate Bay advises fans to use the authentic, original ThePirateBay and …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2012
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First Swedish Pirate Bay server displayed by Computing Museum

The first server to host The Pirate Bay in Sweden has been cleaned up and put on display at the local Linköping Computer Museum. "Stockholm, in the year of 2004. In the home of Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, at his parent's place, this ordinary computer is running day and night," reads an inscription on the glass side of the machine, …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2013
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Inuit all along: Pirate Bay flees Sweden for Greenland

The Pirate Bay has set sail for Greenland after receiving a tip-off suggesting the Swedish authorities were about to seize its current domain. Owners of the world’s largest file-sharing site lifted anchor on Tuesday night and moved from their current address to the .gl domain in a bid to evade Swedish cyber-cops. British …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2013
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Pirate Bay reports pirating anti-piracy group to police

The Pirate Bay has lodged an official police complaint against the anti-piracy group that copied its famous pirate ship logo. Last week the Pirate crew warned that they were considering action against the Finnish Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) after that organization copied the CSS style sheet to get the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Feb 2013
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Pirate Bay cofounder to run for European Parliament

Peter Sunde, one of four cofounders of notorious BitTorrent search site The Pirate Bay, says he plans to run in next year's European Parliament elections, despite his impending incarceration for copyright violation. Sunde, along with partners Carl Lundström, Frederik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, were convicted of " …
Neil McAllister, 16 May 2013
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Now TalkTalk cuts Brits' access to The Pirate Bay

TalkTalk became the final major telecoms company in the UK to comply with a High Court judge's order to block access to The Pirate Bay via its network. According to TalkTalk subscribers, the blockade began overnight, however the ISP hadn't responded to The Register's request for comment at time of publication. Usefully, Reg …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jun 2012
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Pirate Bay founder arrested in Cambodia

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, has been tracked down and arrested in Cambodia. Warg is believed to have been living in Cambodia since charges were laid against the founders of the Pirate Bay over copyright infringement in 2009. Sweden has no extradition treaty with Cambodia. Warg’s former lawyer Ola Salomonsson …
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Irony alert: Pirate Bay accuses anti-piracy group of illegal copying

The Pirate Bay has claimed it will sue Finland's main anti-piracy pressure group, theCopyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre(CIAPC), after the group illegally copied code from their Swedish neighbors. "We are outraged by this behavior," a spokesman told TorrentFreak in what must surely be the spirit of irony. "People must …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2013
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Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to confound copyright cops

The Pirate Bay went down for about five minutes on Tuesday night as the group retired almost all of its servers and shifted onto the cloud. "So, first we ditched the trackers. Then we got rid of the torrents. Now? Now we've gotten rid of the servers. Slowly and steadily we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2012
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Pirate Bay struggling to get on feet after DDoS to the knee

The Pirate Bay claimed to be “getting back up! Stronger than ever!” this evening after crumpling under a DDoS attack for most of today. The draining of the Pirate Bay sparked speculation that it was a victim of Anonymous, after the torrent site slated the hacktivist collective last week. The torrent site cum copyright freedom …
Joe Fay, 16 May 2012
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Pirate Bay site sinks, Swedish police raid its ISP

Rumors are flying after the Pirate Bay's website took a dive on Monday just as news broke of a raid by Swedish police on its hosting company PRQ – but the group says the two facts are not related. "Dear internet. We have not been raided. We are not shutting down. We like turtles, waffles and you," the group said on its Facebook …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2012
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Pirate Bay co-founder named in probe into Logica, tax office hacks

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of download haven The Pirate Bay, is back in Sweden - and now faces allegations of playing a role in an attack on the country's taxmen and IT consultancy biz Logica. Warg was holed up in Cambodia when he was arrested on an international warrant obtained by Swedish officials and flown home …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Sep 2012

Pirate Bay to world: We're not really off to NORKS

The Pirate Bay has admitted that its claim to have relocated its servers to North Korea was a hoax, and then had a pop at those who believed the file-sharing site the first time around. TPB surprised many when it claimed in a statement released earlier this week that it had been granted “virtual asylum” in the secretive Asian …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Mar 2013
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Pirate Bay back online as PRQ raid target confirmed

The Pirate Bay is back online after nearly two days of downtime, which it blamed on power problems, not the raid against the Swedish hosting company PRQ that was set up by some of its founding members. The Pirate Bay told TorrentFreak that the problems were caused by a faulty power distribution unit at its main hosting site. A …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2012
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Cambodia set to boot out Pirate Bay co-founder

A co-founder of The Pirate Bay website is to be deported from Cambodia, police have confirmed. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who co-founded the infamous BitTorrent site in 2003 with Peter Sunde, Carl Lundstrom and Fredrik Neij, will be sent packing from the southeast Asian country to Sweden where, in April 2009, he was convicted - …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2012
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Music biz presses BT to block The Pirate Bay

BT has been asked by music industry outfit BPI to voluntarily block BitTorrent tracker website The Pirate Bay. "For too long The Pirate Bay has been allowed to attack the livelihoods of individual artists and session musicians. We hope that BT will voluntarily block this prolific, illegal site,” wrote the BPI in a missive …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Nov 2011
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Pirate Bay Warg accused of hacking international police database

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been named as a suspect in the hacking of a European database containing data about wanted criminal suspects and missing people. According to Denmark's justice minister, two hackers are alleged to have accessed "some information" from the Schengen Information System, a …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013

Pirate Bay 'seeks asylum' in, er, 'North Korea'

The Pirate Bay says it is relocating to either North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) - if you go by the flag in its sails on its homepage - or South Korea (the Republic of Korea), if you go by its statement.* If the file-sharing site's claim relates to the former, it certainly looks spurious given the nation's …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2013
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Anonymous doxes Cambodia after Pirate Bay arrest

Hacktivist group Anonymous has been up to its old tricks again, this time claiming to have hacked and uploaded a heap of sensitive Cambodian government documents in retaliation for the arrest and extradition back to Sweden of The Pirate Bay (TPB) co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. Warg was arrested in Cambodia by Swedish police …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Sep 2012
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BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

BSkyB's broadband biz has cut off conventional access to The Pirate Bay website following a High Court order at the end of last month. Virgin Media was the first to block www.thepiratebay.se, just days after Justice Arnold told VM, BSkyB and three other ISPs – TalkTalk, Telefonica and Everything Everywhere – to comply with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2012
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Dutch clog up The Pirate Bay (again)

A Dutch court has ordered two popular ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay, or face fines of €10,000 a day. The case was brought by Dutch anti-piracy coalition BREIN. The case dates back to a 2009 court decision to block access to the Swedish-founded site. Court-ordered blocks are becoming almost routine. On Monday a Finnish …
Team Register, 11 Jan 2012
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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

As expected, the High Court has ordered British ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. Five ISPs – Virgin Media, TalkTalk, BSkyB, Everything Everywhere and Telefonica – are involved in this case, which was brought by nine record labels. In February, Justice Arnold gave the labels the green light to pursue blocking orders. Back …
Team Register, 30 Apr 2012
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Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

BT has glued shut conventional access to The Pirate Bay in the UK, which means all the major ISPs in Blighty have now complied with a High Court judge's order to block thepiratebay.se from their networks. Virgin Media was the first to comply with the order and O2-owner Telefonica, TalkTalk, Everything Everywhere and BSkyB all …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2012
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Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

Virgin Media's main website dropped off the interwebs on Tuesday with hackivist collective Anonymous claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks in response to the company's recent cut-off of The Pirate Bay. The telco said it had to down its "customer-facing" website for about an hour last night, after it was hit by Distributed …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 May 2012
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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

Telefonica, which owns the O2 brand and fixed-line provider Be Broadband, is implementing a High Court order to block conventional web access to file-sharing search engine The Pirate Bay. O2 confirmed to The Register that it will join BSkyB, Virgin Media and Everything Everywhere by cutting off www.thepiratebay.se from its …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2012
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The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

Tremble, thing-makers, because The Pirate Bay has started to share the source files for physical objects. The controversial file-sharing site, known for aiding the distribution of music tracks, films and books, has decided to start a new category for files of 3D objects. Only those with 3D printers will be able to make use of …
Anna Leach, 25 Jan 2012
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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

Plusnet is developing its own network-level filter to allow subscribers to censor content on its broadband service as well as help the telco suffocate access to websites linking to pirated material, The Register has learned. The Sheffield-based ISP, which is owned by telecoms giant BT, confirmed to us that its censorship tool …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014
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Court shuts down site that circumvents Pirate Bay blocks

A Dutch anti-piracy group has won a court order forcing the operator of a proxy website to shut the site down after it was used to circumvent blocks to illegal file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. BREIN won the ruling at the Court of The Hague, according to a report by the Torrent Freak website. The operator of the 'tpb.dehomies.nl …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2012
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Microsoft censors Pirate Bay links from IM

Microsoft has confirmed that users of its instant messaging app will not be able to send each other links to popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, citing malware fears. "We block instant messages if they contain malicious or spam URLs based on intelligence algorithms, third-party sources, and/or user complaints. Pirate Bay URLs …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2012
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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

Virgin Media has become the first major telco in Blighty to implement a court order blocking access to notorious BitTorrent search website The Pirate Bay. The move follows a demand in London's High Court late last Friday from Mr Justice Arnold, who told Virgin Media, TalkTalk, BSkyB, Telefonica and Everything Everywhere to …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2012

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

High Court orders dished out to telcos in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union demanding that they block access to sites serving pirated content have helped to decrease access to BitTorrent trackers, a music industry body has claimed. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its annual report on …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2014
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Pirate Party wins seats in Icelandic election

Not content with serving as a catalyst for the global financial crisis, Iceland has elected three members of the Pirate Party to its national Parliament. Iceland's Alþingi (“Althing” in English) is a single-chambered parliament that has met since the tenth century and says it is the world's oldest such legislature. The nation is …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2013
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Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

The Pirate Bay has announced that it is dropping torrent files in favor of magnet links to keep up with current trends. “Magnet is now default, Download torrent is now where the magnet links used to be,’ said the group said on its blog. “The reason is the same as always: Magnets are now good enough to use, and it's not as easy …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2012
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Pirate Bay AND its users violate labels' copyright - judge

A High Court judge has ruled that notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay and its users violated the copyrights of nine record labels based in the UK. None of the founders of the website were represented at the trial in London. "The matters I have considered in relation to authorisation lead to the conclusion that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Feb 2012
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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

BT has been granted more time to respond to an order to block The Pirate Bay that was handed down by the UK's High Court in London late on Friday afternoon. The Register understands that a separate announcement from BT is imminent. "We continue to have discussions with the BPI and we hope to announce an outcome acceptable to …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2012