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The Pirate Bay Sails for New Home after Raid and Shut Down of Swedish Domains

Posted on 20 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

We recently posted the latest update on how software pirates get no love from Microsoft and other entities as developers, and big business crack down on their thieving activity. In light of these crackdowns, The Pirate Bay, a well-known counterpart in distributing and making illegal software sharing available to whoever has internet access, has had its domain raided and shut down.

The Pirate Bay has long been a prominent source of illegal software distribution or what some referred to as “warez.” Being linked to copyright crimes put The Pirate Bay out in the open and up for a take down by the government, which is exactly what has happened.

The Stockholm District Court ordered that The Pirate Bay’s two main domains, piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se, be seized and taken down. Upon this takedown, the popular pirate software site had already taken action to institute redirects from the Swedish domains to six others from around the world. In taking this step, The Pirate Bay even changed their logo featuring the top-level domain’s used for their new sites as show in the image below.

Through the takedown The Pirate Bay takes a humorous stab at the prosecutors responsible for the size of their Swedish domains. In this, The Pirate Bay says, “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.”

Apparently, The Pirate Bay is one serious force to reckon with, and it seems nearly impossible to interrupt their “business,” which remains to be good in the scheme of keeping their ship afloat. “Free software and files for everyone,” as they say!

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