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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Austria Blocks The Pirate Bay

An Austrian court has ordered local internet service provider (ISP) A1 Telekom to block access to The Pirate Bay.

Following a case brought by copyright holders IFPI Austria (Federation of the Austrian Music Industry), the Commercial Court of Vienna on Friday issued a court order to the ISP to block access to four copyright infringing sites:,, and

This is not the first such ruling in Austria: last month, a court also ordered streaming sites and to be blocked. However, this time around, the court added that the ISPs will have to pay the costs for future blockades.

How A1 actually prevents access is up to them – DNS lock, IP blocking, or both – although IFPI has already eagerly offered help to ensure the blocking is “compliant and easily implemented”. IFPI managing director Franz Medwenitsch said the ruling was “very gratifying” for the online music market.

But this could just be the latest in a round of whack-a-mole. The Pirate Bay is already on blocklists in the UK, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and the Netherlands, but no sooner is a site taken down then another pops up.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Pirate Bay Helped Emerge Streaming Services

Fredrik Neij, The Pirate Bay co-founder has served his prison time and now he is out. Neij talks about how TPB had a role to play in the birth of official streaming services by various networks.
Neij is back in Laos and is getting back to leading a normal life. The TPB co-founder talked to TorrentFreak about the progress that has happened in the entertainment industry.

"I saw a lot of things that probably would not have existed without The Pirate Bay, like every channel having their own streaming services, and the short time between US premiere and it being aired on networks worldwide, usually just a few days or a week," Neij said.

However, Neij also has some suggestions to the network. According to him, if they want to want to battle piracy they will have to combine the services with a "common pay-wall." With this, the users will not have to maintain several accounts.
"They also really need to address the geo-blocking problems and provide global availability of the all content at the same price," Neij added.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

Pirate Bay Founders Acquitted

A Belgian court Thursday acquitted the four co-founders of popular torrent website, the Pirate Bay, who were charged with copyright infringement and electronic communications abuse, according to media reports. The court in Mechelse town stated that the prosecution did not provide enough evidence to show that the four were part of the website between September 2011 and November 2013.

Pirate Bay’s founders Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij, former website representative Peter Sunde and website investor Carl Lundström reportedly said that they were not involved in the activities of the file-sharing website after it was sold to Reservella, a Seychelles-based company, in 2006.

The legal problems for the co-founders started in 2009 when all four were found guilty of copyright infringement by a Stockholm, Sweden, court. They were ordered to pay $4.8 million to the entertainment industry in compensation for lost revenue and sentenced to one year in jail, reported. However, an appeal court reduced their sentences two years later but increased the compensation to $6.9 million.


Thursday, 9 July 2015

Pirate Bay Founder Wants To Clear His Name

Last week Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm lost his appeal against his hacking conviction in Denmark. With an August release potentially on the horizon but an unexpected situation still to be resolved in Sweden, Gottfrid is longing to get in front of a computer and back into the world of IT. But before then he wants to set the record straight.

Last week and after a technically complex hearing, a jury at the Appeal Court in Denmark again found Gottfrid Svartholm guilty of hacking IT company CSC. The Pirate Bay founder now has no further opportunity to officially protest his innocence.

Nevertheless, if all goes to plan and considering time served and his good behavior, Gottfrid could be up for parole middle to late August. But in cases involving the now-famous Swede, it will come as no surprise that there are complications.


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".