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Thursday, 2 July 2015

New Web Proxies Added

We have now added a healthy list of new proxies which seem to be working well and redirecting users properly to The Pirate Bay. The new list has been updated to the right side of this post, and the best and newest proxies are listed at the top of the page.

The full list of new proxies which have been added is shown below.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Pirate Bay No Longer Uses WWW In Domain Names

The Pirate Bay has dropped the www prefix for all of its domains. The changes occurred earlier this week and were made without a redirect, which is causing some visitors to believe that the site is currently offline.

The Pirate Bay has had its fair share of legal problems and technical difficulties over the years.

Just last month a Swedish court ordered the seizure of site’s main .se domain name. This case is currently on appeal but in the meantime TPB is rotating several new domains.

A few days ago, however, reports started rolling in that the notorious torrent site is no longer accessible to some, across all domains.

Instead of the usual homepage visitors see an error message in their browser, suggesting that the DNS lookup failed.

Luckily enough, the problems are only affecting URLs with a www prefix. For some reason, the corresponding DNS entries have been removed rendering all www links inaccessible.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Individual Pirate Bay Site Blocks Are Ineffective

The Pirate Bay has been officially blocked in the UK since 2012, at least by major ISPs. However, bans on singular offending sites have little impact in isolation on the behaviour of people accessing illegal content, research from two American universities has found.

Bans on larger numbers of sites in a short period were found to have much greater effect, however.

In a paper titled "The Effect of Piracy Website Blocking on Consumer Behaviour", researchers from Pennsylvania's Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts' Wellesley College write that "blocking The Pirate Bay had little impact on consumption through legal channels -- instead, consumers seemed to turn to other piracy sites, Pirate Bay 'mirror' sites, or Virtual Private Networks that allowed them to circumvent the block."

The project, by Wellesley's Brett Danaher and Carnegie Mellon's Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang, explored how consumer behaviour was affected after two different blocking orders were enacted by the High Court: the 2012 Pirate Bay block, and the subsequent ban of 19 other sites between October and November 2013. The two periods were studied separately, with the former seeing "no increase in the adoption of legal distribution services for digital movies and television".


Monday, 1 June 2015

Pirate Bay Founder To Appeal Domains In Court

It seems that the drama surrounding the legality of the PirateBay domains seizure are being put into question and PirateBay founder Fredrik Neij, with the help of his lawyers, plan to appeal the verdict.

It will be recalled that several days ago, the domains and were seized and eventually awarded to the state of Sweden. Though the two domains were cut off, many believed that the site would be back up but under a different domain name.

With regards to the ruling, Neij's camp believes that there may have been some misinterpretations as far as to how domain names are used.

Domain names are used to assist websites and now the thing in question is on whether they can be truly considered as criminal elements, piracy and illegal downloading of copyrighter materials of which are in focus.

The celebrated awarding of the said domain names to the state of Sweden is now under scrutiny especially after Sweden's Internet Infrastructure Foundation were against the verdict. The said domains were eventually awarded to the Swedish State with the understanding that they cannot be used by anyone else.

Also, Neij plans to clear out that he is no longer involved with the website's operations. The court identified the Neij as the owner of the two domain names despite the fact that they were registered under a different name.


Friday, 15 May 2015

European Commission Finds Shutting Down Pirate Sites is Ineffective

Shutting down pirate websites such as The Pirate Bay is high on the agenda of the entertainment industries. However, according to research published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, these raids are relatively ineffective and potentially counterproductive.

A few years ago Europe witnessed the largest piracy-related busts in history with the raid of the popular movie streaming portal

Police officers in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands raided several residential addresses, data centers and arrested more than a dozen individuals connected to the site.

The operation wiped out the largest unauthorized streaming portal in Europe and was praised as a massive success. However, new research from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre shows that the effect on end users was short-lived and relatively limited.

In a working paper titled “Online Copyright Enforcement, Consumer Behavior, and Market Structure” researchers examined clickstream data for a set of 5,000 German Internet users to see how their legal and illegal consumption habits changed in response to the shutdown.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Piracy Warning Given To Pirate Sites

The Motion Picture Association of America sent out a stern warning on Friday to European piracy sites that had been sharing the films it represents...whether the call was heard remains less than clear. Although the MPA gave a firm 24-hour deadline for the offending sites to shut themselves down, the actual punishment if they didn't remained ambiguous (from Billboard).

"You are already aware of the extensive infringements of copyright...identify the illegal activities... and take appropriate measure against infringement," wrote Jan van Voorn, the MPA vice president of content protection and internet operations. "All opportunities provided by the Website to download, stream or otherwise obtain access to the Entertainment Content should be disabled permanently."

Obviously the Motion Picture Association has an issue with piracy and obviously its likely to release statements on it. But what sort of power is it holding over the heads of European pirate operators in this case? It might seem like a dull sword based on wording alone, yet Torrent Freak reports that at least one of the sites targeted——shut down operations upon receiving the warning. Why?


Friday, 24 April 2015

The Pirate Bay Could Loose Domain Name

The recording industry is busy going after smaller players in online copyright infringement, but they haven’t forgotten their old nemesis The Pirate Bay. A Swedish court will decide next week if The Pirate Bay should be stripped of its .se top-level domain (TLD) address, which would be a blow to the site. The Bay has resided at that domain for two years since the last offensive against its addresses. So, are they going to chase The Pirate Bay off the Internet?

The Pirate bay originally had a .org domain, but that was abandoned for good back in 2012. The site hopped from one domain to the next, covering .sx (Sint Maarten), .gy (Guyana), .pe (Peru), and .ac (Ascension Island) among others. Each time it felt threatened, the site would move again. It eventually came to rest at and in April 2013.

According to the case filed by Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad in Sweden — where the .se domain and The Pirate bay originate — the .se domain names assist site operators in perpetrating copyright infringement, and the Swedish government should take over the addresses. The Swedish government is basically suing the registrar. Those behind The Pirate Bay have stated in the past they have a number of domains in reserve in case it is forced to move again, but we don’t know if that was entirely true. We might find out soon, though.