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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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Microsoft Aims To Target Windows 7 Pirates By Asking Verizon For List Of Perpetrators

Posted on 05 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Software pirates have long been proponents of stealing applications and sometimes redistributing them for free or sometimes for a price. Business was good for software pirates for many years but lately many are facing the music due to companies like Microsoft, who is fed up and asking for others to assist their efforts to combat the efforts of pirates.

If you were to figure the top piece of software that is pirated you would find Microsoft Windows ranking above most. Over the many years that Microsoft Windows has been available, pirates have found ways to distribute it illegally.

Just a week ago, Microsoft asked a federal court to allow it to server a subpoena on Verizon to force them to hand over the identity of those behind a two-year scheme that supposedly activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 illegally.

Reportedly, the documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Seattle, the IP address was the main source for the Windows 7 product activations done illegally. The identities of those behind these activations are not known. Moreover, to find out who is responsible it will require Verizon to hand over the subscriber names.

Microsoft has gone through lengths over many years to prosecute those who pirate their software, including the Windows operating system. In many cases it is rare that someone like Microsoft must rely on another large entity to find out who the perpetrators are in pirating their software. This time, Verizon is on the line for Microsoft to be successful in their quest to bring recent software pirates to justice.

Officially, in a complaint files on April 28th, Microsoft laid out the full case for several “John Does” because they do not have the real names of the culprits in the case of pirating Windows 7. The suspect IP address has a history of illegally activating Windows 7. Those behind this scheme have circulated several illegitimate activation keys.

The complaint reads, “Based on the volume and pattern of their activation activity, on information and belief, defendants appear to consist of one or more commercial entities that subsequently distributed those systems to customers who, on information and belief, were unaware they were receiving pirated software.”

Supposedly, the pirates in this case have been operating for two years now. With Microsoft’s hands tied until Verizon cooperates puts them in a sticky situation. Microsoft is prepared to sue once they are able to identify those responsible for the IP address behind pirating Windows 7. Until then, the only stumbling block appears to be Verizon in providing the details needed for identification.

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