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Friday, 18 July 2014

The Pirate Bay Traffic Remains Strong Despite ISP Blocks

In recent years the entertainment industries have pushed hard to get The Pirate Bay blocked in various countries. Despite these efforts the notorious torrent site has managed to double its visitors. The United States remains the most popular traffic source while roughly 9% of all users access the site through a proxy.

The Pirate Bay is without doubt one of the most censored websites on the Internet.

Courts all around the world have ordered Internet providers to block subscriber access to the torrent site and this list continues to expand.

Denmark was one of the first countries to block The Pirate Bay, but the biggest impact came in 2012 when major ISPs in the UK and the Netherlands were ordered to deny their users access to the site.

The entertainment industries have characterized these blockades as a major victory and claim they’re an efficient tool to deter piracy. The question that has thus far remained unanswered, however, is how Pirate Bay’s traffic numbers are being affected. Is the site on the verge of collapsing?

As it turns out, The Pirate Bay hasn’t stopped growing at all. On the contrary, The Pirate Bay informs TorrentFreak that visitor numbers have doubled since 2011.

The graph below shows the growth in unique visitors and pageviews over the past three years. The Pirate Bay chose not to share actual visitor numbers, but monthly pageviews are believed to run into the hundreds of millions.


Monday, 14 July 2014

The Pirate Bay Requests Support For Imprisoned Founders

The Pirate Bay has updated its familiar home page logo with a banner asking people to support two of the site's founders who are currently in prison. The site lists the addresses of Gottfrid Svartholm and Peter Sunde and encourages visitors to send letters, books, and vegan candy.

Pretty much every weekend The Pirate Bay replaces its logo to plug a band, game developer or filmmaker. This is part of the Promo Bay initiative through which TPB supports independent artists.

At the start of this weekend the torrent site decided to feature something a little more personal. The site currently displays a banner asking visitors to send their support to two of the site’s original founders.

Gottfrid Svartholm and Peter Sunde are both in prison at the moment and could use an uplifting note or two, the message suggests.

“Show your support by sending them some encouraging mail! Gottfrid is only allowed to receive letters while Peter gladly received books, letter and vegan candy,” the TPB team writes.


Monday, 7 July 2014

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Wants To Move To A Vegan Jail

Peter Sunde has asked to be moved to a different prison in Sweden, saying he has lost weight behind bars as the food on offer isn't suitable for his vegan diet.

The co-founder of the file-sharing site was arrested in May after almost two years on the run. Sunde is currently serving his eight-month sentence in Västervik, eastern Sweden, but wants to be moved to Malmö instead.

He has written to the prison authorities asking for the switch as he claims the meals served in Västervik don't meet his strict vegan requirements, reported the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

As a result he has shed several kilos and wants to be transferred to a correctional facility in Tygelsjö in Malmö.

His current base in Västervik is one of Sweden's most secure prisons whereas Tygelsjö has a lower classification.

The newspaper added that the prison authorities currently offer three types of food to suit differing dietary needs; regular diet, regular diet without pork and vegetarian.


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Argentinian Music Industry Website Turned Into The Pirate Bay

An anti-piracy music website was hacked and turned into a Pirate Bay proxy, allowing users to illegally stream music. Earlier, the site owner sought a blocking injunction against the torrent platform.

The hacking victim is the music industry group CAPIF (Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers), who crossed swords with Pirate Bay seeking to block illegal music downloads through court injunctions. Some 24 hours before the organization’s website was defaced, 11 ISPs were required to block 256 different Pirate Bay IP addresses as a result of their actions.

The revenge was swift and anonymous. When a day later users tried to access CAPIF online, they were greeted with the iconic brown galleon bearing the “Home Taping Is Killing Music” cassette-and-crossbones flag – and welcomed into music torrenting.

The Pirate Bay proxy was in place for some 10 hours before the site was taken offline, BitTorrent website reported.

TorrentFreak noted that the act of rebellion was significant, as all blocked Argentinian Pirate Bay users will now be aware of the potential of using a reverse proxy.

The Pirate Bay is renowned for providing access to free music, video games, software, and films and has been repeatedly targeted by the industry on a global level. Some 19 European countries have completely blocked access, including the UK, Denmark, Norway and Italy, and among them on a global level are Iran and India.


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Bayfiles Now Removed From Google Listings

Google has removed all links to Bayfiles, the file-hosting service created by the Pirate Bay's founders. For reasons unknown, people searching for the site can no longer reach it through the search engine. The site's operators are puzzled, but say that the change has very little impact on visitor numbers.

bayfiles-logoNearly three years ago Pirate Bay founders Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde launched Bayfiles, a new file-sharing venture.

The site has been growing ever since and has accumulated a steady user base. Instead of using P2P transfers, Bayfiles users can upload and download large files directly from the site.

Besides some issues with their payment provider, Bayfiles hasn’t run into any significant problems to date. However, very recently the site suffered a setback after it became impossible to reach through Google.

Without explanation, Google wiped all of the tens of thousands of Bayfiles links from its search index. The search results below show that the file-hosting service is no longer featured as the top result and a more specific search reveals that all of the site’s URLs have been wiped.


Friday, 27 June 2014

The Pirate Bay Blocking Case In Supreme Court

It looks like anti-piracy outfit BREIN is hell-bent about making sure that The Pirate Bay is blocked in Netherlands. The group is ready to drag two local internet service providers to the Supreme Court.

BREIN and a couple of local ISPs have been fighting in the court over the blockade of a Web site. Since 2010, BREIN has been trying to block The Pirate Bay.

It all started with the Dutch anti-piracy group going up against Ziggo, which is the largest ISP in Netherlands. Later, Ziggo's competitor XS4ALL also joined forces with the former against the blocking demands.

According to TorrentFreak, this case has gone through a lot. Initially, the court decided blocking the subscribers is not the solution. BREIN replied by going for the full trial and won the case. The local ISPs decided to fight back and filed appeals and stated that the blockade would be ineffective and hamper the access to information.

Later, in January the Court of The Hague passed a judgment in favour of Ziggo and XS4ALL. The Pirate Bay was unblocked after the judgment.

However, BRIEN's last resort was to approach the Supreme Court. On April 25, XS4ALL revealed that BREIN challenged them in the Supreme Court.

"The facts as determined by the Court are fixed, the case will not be materially redone and the Supreme Court itself will not perform an investigation. The claimant [BREIN] cannot bring more new facts, nor contest the facts. Only the legal criteria which the Court has applied will be questioned," stated XS4ALL.

"If the appeal is successful and the judgement of the lower court is set aside, it may be sufficient to conclude the case. If a new examination of the facts is necessary, the Supreme Court will probably refer back the case to the Court for a full retrial."


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Fake Pirate Bay Site Pushes Malware On Unsuspecting Visitors

A fake Pirate Bay website forces users to download a torrent client they don't need, while pushing other third-party software.

The site, located at bares the Pirate Bay ship logo, along with a search box and some category filters. It has just a couple of fairly major problems though; the search doesn't actually work and it forces you to download a client you probably don't want or need. The faux pirate tracker was spotted by F-Secure.

Whatever you enter into the search box doesn't matter, as soon as you click search you wind up downloading an installer.