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Pirate Bay Archive Goes Online

timothy posted about 5 years ago | from the action-reaction-counterreaction dept.

The Internet 94

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "With the main Pirate Bay website experiencing DNS issues, downtime and uncertainty about both the lawsuits and potential sale to GGF, a Pirate Bay clone has already gone online. True to their principles, someone at TPB put up a torrent with a 21.3 GB copy of the site as it exists today. And now that archive is alive, at BTArena.net. Linus' old adage about backing up everything by putting it on FTP and letting the world mirror it may need to be updated. Torrents are much more efficient." "Downtime" may be a nice word for it; reader Underholdning writes "The Register has a story about a Swedish court ordering ISPs to disconnect The Pirate Bay or face a massive daily fine. The reason for the shutdown was an upcoming civil lawsuit by copyright holders. As usual, Torrentfreak has an updated story. It seems like the takedown until now has been successful." Believe what you will; the site itself says they'll be back up "in a few hours."

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Correction (4, Informative)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 5 years ago | (#29185179)

The site is currently up [thepiratebay.org] , with one of their trademark images, this time of a T-shirt with the following on it:

I spent months of time and millions of dollars to close down The Pirate Bay and all I'll get is this beautiful T-shirt!

Please never die, TPB, if only for your front page images.

Re:Correction (2, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | about 5 years ago | (#29185343)

Damn! I'd like the t-shirt but "millions of dollars" seems like a little overpriced.

Unless it's signed by the admins, of course.

The years thing was because they send them by standard mail?

Re:Correction (1)

Yogiz (1123127) | about 5 years ago | (#29189865)

If you would like to have a t-shirt from the pirate bay for a little less then millions of dollars then they do sell some here [bytelove.com] . Would be a nice way to support their cause.

Re:Correction (3, Informative)

xtracto (837672) | about 5 years ago | (#29185567)

While it is currently up, it is only a matter of time until it goes down..

For anyone willing to create a mirror, The guy at BTArena has made a
tutorial [btarena.org] available.

Of course, you need to download a copy of the 21GB Piratebay database [btarena.org]

My question is why didn't they compressed the tpb.db file with LZMA or other, in order to make it smaller?

Re:Correction (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29187457)

Leechers: 666

Re:Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29188555)

Who cares about size when you have a multi-drive (thus multi-TB) torrent system?

.. with one of their trademark images .. (4, Insightful)

ionix5891 (1228718) | about 5 years ago | (#29185707)

ha spot the irony!

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

theaveng (1243528) | about 5 years ago | (#29186261)

I'm frustrated.

Yes the website is up, but the tracker is still non-functional. How am I supposed to download my half-finished 10 GB torrents of "ifeelmyself.com" or "cdgirls.com" or "playboy.com" if the tracker is not working. :-(

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 5 years ago | (#29187397)

Yes the website is up, but the tracker is still non-functional. How am I supposed to download my half-finished 10 GB torrents of "ifeelmyself.com" or "cdgirls.com" or "playboy.com" if the tracker is not working. :-(

Upgrade your torrent client. The decentralized tracker in many torrent clients is automatically used if the main tracker can't be reached. I grabbed a torrent yesterday and didn't realize it was a TPB one until I looked at its details. It's less efficient at finding seeds and such (because you don't know how big the "cloud" is), but if it's out there, it does work.

The only big issue with the decentralized tracker is it isn't searchable - it assumes you have the torrent file (or magnet link) acquired from some source already. That's what OpenBittorrent and the like are for.

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

theaveng (1243528) | about 5 years ago | (#29188219)

That's not the solution. My Azureus client has decentralized tracking in Azureus, and it works just fine with my dialup connection, but not with my DSL modem. I have no clue why one would work but not the other.

Doesn't Pirate Bay have *any* working trackers? I'm using tracker.thepiratebay.org/announce which is the most-generalized form I can think of, but still it refuses to connect.

isohunt.com is also reporting the piratebay trackers as unreachable.

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

emjay88 (1178161) | about 5 years ago | (#29194527)

DSL Modem is going through a firewall/router that's not set up to forward BT ports? I'm not familiar with your setup, but in my experience dialup was always straight to the computer (windows firewall etc, where Azureus could ask for permission) where DSL was usually on a LAN setup with a router (which usually contains a builtin firewall)...

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29188845)

Given a torrent with no tracker, there is no way to find peers.

You need existing peers to find other peers.
There is no true decentralized bootstrapping method available for someone who has no tracker and 0 peers to start with.

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

theaveng (1243528) | about 5 years ago | (#29191739)

So nobody knows the address of a working piratebay tracker?

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

RPoet (20693) | about 5 years ago | (#29186493)

Trademarks and copyrights are two entirely different concepts.

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (4, Informative)

selven (1556643) | about 5 years ago | (#29186505)

There is no irony. Trademarks are not intellectual property - their purpose is to prevent people from impersonating you and harming your brand image, copyrights and patents prevent people from copying your work/invention and unfairly competing against you by selling it without having to pay development costs.

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

Artuir (1226648) | about 5 years ago | (#29194525)

There is plenty of irony. You totally missed it.

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

selven (1556643) | about 5 years ago | (#29197397)

Please enlighten me.

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 5 years ago | (#29188253)

Hmmm. Maybe it is ironic that you can't differentiate between copyrights and trademarks?

Re:.. with one of their trademark images .. (1)

Draek (916851) | about 5 years ago | (#29194483)

There's none. Not only are the other posters correct in pointing out that trademarks and copyright are very different legal concepts, but it sounds to me that the word is being used by its casual definition, rather than the legal one.

It's as in the phrase "the Statue of Liberty is one of New York's trademarks". It doesn't mean New York will sue you for trademark infringement if you put a photo of the statue on your website, its just that its image is commonly associated with the city of New York.

Whatever!!!! (5, Insightful)

ITJC68 (1370229) | about 5 years ago | (#29185215)

When are they going to realize you can't shut them down. Too many people use their site and will mirror it if necessary. Pretty soon the word torrent will be illegal on the internet.

Re:Whatever!!!! (4, Insightful)

txoof (553270) | about 5 years ago | (#29185467)

Like the saying goes, "information wants to be free". Not only does information want to be free, but the Streisand Effect [wikipedia.org] is in full effect here. Clearly TPB was a popular site among a very devoted crowd. The harder people try to squish it, the faster it will pop up everywhere.

This reminds me of when the MPAA got all uppity about DVD Jon's DeCSS [wikipedia.org] code and tried to wipe the code off the interwebs. The response was for thousands, if not millions of people to post the code as poetry, works of art, one really terrible song and a even stenographically encoded into images. The harder the MPAA fought against it, the more people pushed back to move the code into the realm of free speech and thwart them. It cost the MPAA big bucks to send out take down notices to everyone while it cost the average Joe nothing to dump the code into paintshop, add some colors and call it "art" on his web page. Obviously it's a bit harder to perpetuate an archive of TPB as "art", but it's still relatively easy to pick up a copy off the torrent network and restart the site on an ISP with lax laws and rules.

Weather you agree with what TPB was up to or not, it is interesting to see how ineffective it is to try and hold back information on the web these days. Perhaps 20 years ago it would have been trivial to shut down the ISPs hosting this type of information, but today it looks like it's darn near impossible.

It'll be fun to watch this over the next few months and see who's interest wanes first. Will the government or the Pirates give up first? What do you think?

Re:Whatever!!!! (4, Funny)

Pingmaster (1049548) | about 5 years ago | (#29185931)

it's easy as pie to take the TPB site code and turn it into 'art':

Step 1) RAR the whole thing, break it down into, say, 50MB files
Step 2) View those files in Notepad, which you are running from the copy of Windows XP that you downloaded last week from TPB
Step 3) Copy the ASCII text into a new image in the copy of Photoshop that you downloaded three months ago from TPB
Step 4) Apply some filters, gradients, throw in some flames and fractals at random, maybe a lens flare or two
Step 5) Be sure not to add too much crap to it, so that it can be OCR'ed later
Step 6) Save as ThePirateBaySiteRipPart1of4200.rar.JPG and post it somewhere

And you're done!

Re:Whatever!!!! (1)

TheNetDevil (715281) | about 5 years ago | (#29251139)

ummm.... where's the "Profit!" step?

Re:Whatever!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29251515)

silly, you don't host torrents of torrent sites for profit!

Re:Whatever!!!! (2, Insightful)

Draek (916851) | about 5 years ago | (#29186033)

This reminds me, rather, of Suprnova. Mostly because it was the MPAA's squishing of it what gave ThePirateBay the popularity it enjoys today, so the fact that the MPAA is trying the exact same tactic against the exact same enemy once again is both laughable, and more than a bit pitiful.

So the only doubt in my mind is, who's gonna be the third-generation Suprnova? my vote's on Mininova, but my vote was on them last time as well yet it was TPB who continued the legacy.

Re:Whatever!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29193085)

Personally I don't think TPB is as popular as Oink was. I miss Oink.
 
Before the flame war, yes I use TPB and would be saddened to ever see it go.

Re:Whatever!!!! (1)

Tsujiku (902045) | about 5 years ago | (#29196011)

Think you mean steganographically.

Re:Whatever!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29185509)

When they truely close down, they need to release all the source code so people can set up real clones instead of just mirrors as it is today.

Re:Whatever!!!! (1)

Sinbios (852437) | about 5 years ago | (#29187355)

Source code? What source code?

Their tracker uses the free Opentracker [wikipedia.org] . It's maintain the server infrastructure that is the problem, and requires a localized concentration of resources. As it is the people passing around the archive are scattered geeks, and they can't put together the resources to establish a centralized tracker.

Re:Whatever!!!! (1)

chord.wav (599850) | about 5 years ago | (#29185767)

That would make you a Torrentrist!

Re:Whatever!!!! (4, Funny)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 5 years ago | (#29186063)

Maybe they can't shut it down, but it is hillarous that someone pirated The Pirate Bay.

Torrent the Torrents (3, Interesting)

Fantom42 (174630) | about 5 years ago | (#29185321)

This summary begs the question... Could you revise the bit torrent spec to allow people to query an index of torrents via bittorrent?

I'm only half-kidding here...

Re:Torrent the Torrents (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29185503)

An index of torrents isn't tough, the benefit to tpb though, is the comments and up-to-date stats for torrent health. Maybe Freenet would be able to do that?

Re:Torrent the Torrents (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29185545)

you're not using "begs the question" correctly.

Re:Torrent the Torrents (2, Insightful)

Fantom42 (174630) | about 5 years ago | (#29185713)

you're not using "begs the question" correctly.

...says he who cannot capitalize the beginning of a sentence. (Still only half-kidding.)

Re:Torrent the Torrents (0, Troll)

Gouyoku (1624711) | about 5 years ago | (#29186003)

AC may not have given any details [begthequestion.info] (or wiki [wikipedia.org] ), but using argumentum ad hominem isn't nice either.

Re:Torrent the Torrents (1)

Fantom42 (174630) | about 5 years ago | (#29187285)

AC may not have given any details (or wiki), but using argumentum ad hominem isn't nice either.

I might lose a point for being off-topic here, but really it is a usage question. While you are correct in stating that usage experts consider it wrong, the phrase has come into common usage to mean what I intended. The debate regarding whether a prescriptive or descriptive approach to linguistics is appropriate is open to heated academic debate. Moreover, the meaning of "begs the question," when used as prescribed, is not really contained in the English translation, but borrowed from the logicians' Latin lexicon. A literal interpretation of the English phrase reveals a meaning not dissimilar to my original intent. And why not interpret the phrase literally, since it is pretty obvious from context that I am not trying to argue against the story's main premise?

As for the supposed argumentum ad hominem-- again, that would require me actually making an argument, which I wasn't. I was pointing out irony. Really, if one is going to correct someone on a finer point of usage in a casual, off-the-cuff, internet forum comment, one might want to make sure they proofread their work for simple grammatical errors. This kind of communication is outside the realm of logical debate, as human communication often is.

Re:Torrent the Torrents (1)

Sinbios (852437) | about 5 years ago | (#29187377)

the phrase has come into common usage to mean what I intended

Yeah, by ignorant twats.

Re:Torrent the Torrents (2, Funny)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 5 years ago | (#29188325)

Which begs the question - who are these ignorant twats?

Re:Torrent the Torrents (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29185963)

The correct answer, instead of saying "you're not using 'begs the question' correctly" would simply be "No, it doesn't." and link Wikipedia.

Re:Torrent the Torrents (1)

Myrcutio (1006333) | about 5 years ago | (#29185581)

A darknet could do it!

Re:Torrent the Torrents (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | about 5 years ago | (#29189559)

Actually, it really does not "beg the question" [wikipedia.org] .

The cats out of the bag (2, Informative)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | about 5 years ago | (#29185371)

Even if TPB gets the axe, there's a thousand other ways to get alternative music/videos/games...

TPB is NOT that important anymore.

Re:The cats out of the bag (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29185475)

Like iTunes?

tpb is important as social leverage. (3, Insightful)

beckett (27524) | about 5 years ago | (#29191469)

it's important as a symbol for people that download and don't give a shit what the law says. it's also a great way to divert attention and resources away from prosecuting other torrent sites by making tpb public enemy number 1. who cares if half the peers are hacking and the warez contains trojans; at least that's lawyer money that they can't throw at someone else. it keeps bittorrent, IP rights, and issues of net neutrality and surveillance in the public debate.

TPB works in several positive, intangible ways, and is important as a lawyer/enforcement magnet so other sites can stay under the radar that much longer. every day TPB is up and running, i think everyone that isn't an **AA crony can smile a bit inside.

Re:tpb is important as social leverage. (1)

Mista2 (1093071) | about 5 years ago | (#29199509)

The "Man" managed to strangle AllofMP3.com by cutting off the credit card processing ability, but with TPB, there is no money to choke off. No client register to attack, no official records of user activity, and the site can be hosted by anyone with the bandwidth and storage.
Long live TPB!

Backup, or decentralize! (5, Informative)

bergwitz (702715) | about 5 years ago | (#29185479)

A back-up is all OK, but the people behind TPB (well I suppose it's them, because they use the same servers as TPB) is working on a decentralized replacement for TPB called openbittorrent.com [openbittorrent.com] and torrage.com [torrage.com] . This decentralized version will be almost impossible to take out both legally and technically, and according to the ideology behind TPB it will be more democratic.

Re:Backup, or decentralize! (1)

Yogiz (1123127) | about 5 years ago | (#29189961)

Meanwhile you can just use I2P and the torrents available there. Not as big of a choice but your anonymity as well as the one of whoever keeps the tracker up are guaranteed.

Re:Backup, or decentralize! (1)

Ezel (249772) | about 5 years ago | (#29201953)

I had heard about openbittorrent before but not torrage. This is amazing news! Now all one need is a site to collect hashes and make them searchable.
If that could be achieved on something like Freenet then the MAFIAA would probably finally have to go after the seeds and leechers instead of the infrastructure.

Ban torrents, and only criminals will torrent (0)

Rogerborg (306625) | about 5 years ago | (#29185553)

You know, just like now.

Hint: this is -1 Flamebait and +1 Insightful.

Insightful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29189219)

Have fun patting yourself on the back. You are incorrect, though.

The torrent is just a file transfer protocol, and as such it is not illegal. Using the protocol to transfer copyrighted work without authorization is a civil issue, not a criminal one.

 

Worthless story is fucking worthless (1)

Hubbell (850646) | about 5 years ago | (#29185605)

There's been an archive of TPB's torrents up for a LONG fucking time. Why the fuck did they put up a story of it 'just being uploaded somewhere'?

Re:Worthless story is fucking worthless (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29185733)

It's not about the torrent being put up. It's about an actual clone going online thanks to the torrent.
It's called reading comprehension. And you fail at it.

It's not only the torrents (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29185743)

RTFA, ballsack.

Re:It's not only the torrents (1)

Hubbell (850646) | about 5 years ago | (#29186155)

This is slashdot, who the fuck reads the article?

Shutting them down just not possible (2, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 5 years ago | (#29185705)

If we take a look at the range of activities proscribed by the government, making no moral judgment here, just talking about stuff they don't want you to do, you'll never get rid of it. Take drugs. Some will say that the US is too permissive a society, that we can only get rid of them if we go totalitarian. You can't get more hardcore than Singapore, China, various Islamic countries with the death penalty for drug smuggling. Guess what? You can still get drugs there. China is doing their level best to suppress the Falun Gong and they're still around. The lions didn't do much to dissuade the Christians back in the early days. Ideas couldn't be suppressed when the only way to spread them was handwritten letters and walking tours. The printing press only made suppression more difficult and the internet is the printing press x100.

I suppose, in theory, one could impose filtering at the ISP level and stop the bulk of casual P2P traffic. But just think of what people did before the internet. Oh, that's right -- mix tapes for songs, file copy parties for software. There's just no way to stop it. If we still had Prohibition, that would be enough to stop me from drinking -- there's no way I'm going to risk so much for a shot of whiskey. But my lack of patronage wouldn't hurt the speakeasies a bit.

So, what would we see if total p2p filtering was successful? (which I still say it couldn't be.) Look at Cuba. Broadband costs too much there but flash drives are cheap. There's a thriving trade in flash drives, people copying and sharing away.

Ultimately, I think that the only viable solution will be a patronage system. The content will be given away for free and a tip jar will be set out for fans to contribute to. No, the vast majority of the people who watch the show won't be paying for it but if enough do so it can remain on the air, what's the problem? I'm sure the transition from our current media model will be a painful process but we're already seeing success in some areas.

Re:Shutting them down just not possible (1)

Shakrai (717556) | about 5 years ago | (#29185853)

I suppose, in theory, one could impose filtering at the ISP level and stop the bulk of casual P2P traffic.

.... at least until every single p2p client enabled encryption by default.

Ultimately, I think that the only viable solution will be a patronage system. The content will be given away for free and a tip jar will be set out for fans to contribute to.

That might work for music but how is it going to work for software or movies that cost tens of millions (or more) to produce? I suppose movies could still make money from the theaters but what happens to the game industry?

Re:Shutting them down just not possible (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 5 years ago | (#29186415)

That might work for music but how is it going to work for software or movies that cost tens of millions (or more) to produce? I suppose movies could still make money from the theaters but what happens to the game industry?

Either a financier fronts them the money, they get a bank loan, or they work off of pre-orders. Joss Wheadon says he's looking for financing for a new show, fans pony up the money into an escrow. If he gets enough down, the series goes into production, knowing that there's a fixed number of guaranteed sales from the get-go and more could follow if the series is good.

As far as games go, companies might have to scale back a bit. Apogee and id made killings with the shareware model. Make a game in three parts, release the first to the world, offer the second two episodes for sale. This might seem risky when talking about a game with a $20 million budget but Jesus, should it really cost that much?

Games are a slightly different animal to consider here since piracy of them is more difficult, at least in the console world. Don't you need to put in a mod chip to pirate on something like the 360?

Re:Shutting them down just not possible (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 5 years ago | (#29188453)

Don't you need to put in a mod chip to pirate on something like the 360?

Sure you do. But when the mod chip is around the same price or less than a single game, it "pays for itself" rather quickly.

Re:Shutting them down just not possible (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about 5 years ago | (#29186491)

Consortia of many gamers (or movie watchers) pool their resources and contract for games and movies to be produced. Will there be freeloaders? Of course but there would be anyway and you also dispense with the other freeloaders (marketroids and other hangers-on). As long as you get your game for $40 (or maybe $30 or $20) what does it matter?

Re:Shutting them down just not possible (1)

Antity-H (535635) | about 5 years ago | (#29187637)

What happens to the game/software industry ?
Not much... It goes entirely software as a service (think xbox live/steam/...) + some console games

Or for software used in business they continue as before to get their licensing fee.

Re:Shutting them down just not possible (1)

Yogiz (1123127) | about 5 years ago | (#29190051)

Protip: Movies do not actually cost tens of millions. Most of the money goes for supporting spoiled Hollywood actors who for some reason are considered necessary for a profitable films and special effects that can actually be accomplished for a lot less. You don't really need that much money for a good film. You just need talent and skill and motivation.

Re:Shutting them down just not possible (1)

nbates (1049990) | about 5 years ago | (#29195581)

"how is it going to work for software or movies that cost tens of millions (or more) to produce?"

Maybe this will be the end of it. Big deal.

hosted in Romania (2, Interesting)

Atti K. (1169503) | about 5 years ago | (#29185771)

Apparently it's hosted in Romania [hotnews.ro] and the local RIAA [www.aimr.ro] already tried to take it down.

Shutdown of Suprnova led to rise of PB,Mininova... (4, Interesting)

guidryp (702488) | about 5 years ago | (#29185801)

In its day, Suprnova was THE torrent site. Its shutdown lead to the rise of PB, mininova and many others.

What will the shutdown of PB lead to? It is a giant game of wack a mole.

I will miss PB mainly for their snarky attitude posting the threat letters they get and responding to them in almost Monty Python fashion.

Let's pretend (1)

chord.wav (599850) | about 5 years ago | (#29185885)

Let aside the legal angle. Let's say I want to make a torrent tracker, a TPB kind of site. Is there a package I could install that allows me to do that? I'm looking something that is as easy to install as Wordpress or something like that. Is there anything like that out there?

Re:Let's pretend (1)

Fumus (1258966) | about 5 years ago | (#29187869)

xbtit [btiteam.org] is a popular choice, but I don't know if it's that easy to install.

Re:Let's pretend (2)

0100010001010011 (652467) | about 5 years ago | (#29188125)

sudo apt-get install -t unstable piratebay

The real Napster. (1)

skywatcher2501 (1608209) | about 5 years ago | (#29185947)

You will never shut down the real Napster.

What good is a mirror (4, Interesting)

Sinbios (852437) | about 5 years ago | (#29186005)

What's the use of a mirror of the torrent files if nobody else has the infrastructure to maintain the tracker? Even before this legal storm TPB has been having trouble dealing with the load on their servers.

Plus most of the torrents point to the PB tracker, which is unreachable at this point.

Re:What good is a mirror (1)

f33dback (1458941) | about 5 years ago | (#29186083)

People should use this: http://openbittorrent.com/ [openbittorrent.com] There's even a tool on there to batch convert the trackers and clean it up.

Re:What good is a mirror (2, Informative)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | about 5 years ago | (#29186979)

The grand-parent's fear is groundless I suspect. I don't know how many, but at least some of the torrents have their trackers set to openbittorrent already, or other trackers such as demonoid or sumotracker.

Re:What good is a mirror (1)

trawg (308495) | about 5 years ago | (#29186839)

Heh that was my first thought. Is TPB's tracker software open source?

Re:What good is a mirror (2, Informative)

Sinbios (852437) | about 5 years ago | (#29187297)

It doesn't have to necessarily be TPB's tracker software (Opentracker [wikipedia.org] , which is not open but is free as in beer), any tracker server could work - and most of those are free and/or open. The problem is the load from managing all the connections is enormous and requires /real/ server hardware, which I don't think the community that is passing around the archive could put together, not to mention the networking requirements.

Even if some rich geek could provide the hardware and network backbone required to run the tracker, they'd still have to 1) take over the domain name so that the archived torrents would point to their server and 2) overcome local legal restrictions, which was what brought TPB down in the first place.

Now that Sweden has set legal precedence, what other country could an operation of TPB's size operate in without challenge, and maintain a decent connection to users in North America and Europe?

Re:What good is a mirror (1)

TheoMurpse (729043) | about 5 years ago | (#29193845)

Now that Sweden has set legal precedence, what other country could an operation of TPB's size operate in without challenge

DESCRIBE how Swedish law applies in any other country...

Re:What good is a mirror (1)

skeeto (1138903) | about 5 years ago | (#29188795)

They set up an open tracker at openbittorrent.com [openbittorrent.com] . Additionally, many modern BitTorrent clients can do decentralized tracking.

Re:What good is a mirror (1)

nbates (1049990) | about 5 years ago | (#29195631)

I'm currently downloading from a torrent I got from TPB before "the incident". The only thing I noticed is that the piratebay tracker is unreachable... but there are other trackers on the same list. Don't know where the program got those trackers (plus DHT and peer exchange) or how they got there... it just works.

Re:What good is a mirror (1)

Sinbios (852437) | about 5 years ago | (#29196213)

They would have been added by whoever first created the torrents as alternate trackers, which wouldn't have been added to most of the torrents on TPB. I suppose someone could go through all the torrents and add alternate trackers, but then some tracker would have to handle the load.

Decentralized tracking still seems like the best bet.

Really only 21.3 GB? (1)

roger_that (24034) | about 5 years ago | (#29186441)

I would have guessed that it was closer to 21.3 TB. If it's only 21.3 GB, I could store a couple copies on my computer at home.

Re:Really only 21.3 GB? (2, Informative)

TechMouse (1096513) | about 5 years ago | (#29186553)

Torrent files are very small. They only point to the data, they don't contain it.

Just moments before coming up again (5, Informative)

skzo (1058906) | about 5 years ago | (#29186531)

thepiratebay.com, had this message:

We have, ourselves, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our Internets, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. Even though large parts of Internets and many old and famous trackers have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Ifpi and all the odious apparatus of MPAA rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the ef-nets and darknets, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Internets, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the baywords.org, we shall fight on the /. and on the digg, we shall fight in the courts; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, the Internets or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Anon Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Cerf's's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

Re:Just moments before coming up again (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | about 5 years ago | (#29187123)

It's posted here. [thepiratebay.org]

Re:Just moments before coming up again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29187213)

I am/was curious about what the "Anonymous" group could think about this (as a kind of standoff against the MAFIAA shit), unfortunately I could not find anything in /b/ regarding the piratebay dead...

I hope we could do something

Re:Just moments before coming up again (2, Funny)

chord.wav (599850) | about 5 years ago | (#29190163)

YARRRR!!!

Speechifying (1)

DynaSoar (714234) | about 5 years ago | (#29196881)

We will not go gently into that good night. We will no give up without a fight. Tomorrow will be our Independence Day.

Hey it worked great against aliens (along with Jeff Goldbloom's virus), so plain old Earth Governments wouldn't stand a chance.

Lock on. Fox three. Yeah, those helped too.

Yo Dawg! (2, Funny)

knetcomp (1611179) | about 5 years ago | (#29186985)

I herd you like torrents, so I put a torrent in your torrent so you can leech while you leech...

Meta-Bit-Torrent Protocol (1)

knutkracker (1089397) | about 5 years ago | (#29187901)

It would be interesting to see someone develop a distributed site mirroring protocol so that anyone with a server can opt-in to being a TPB mirror by downloading the archive and then getting real-time updates from one or more mirrors as more torrents are posted. The same distributed network idea for the tracker index sites as gets used for the file downloads.

With it being so easy, the sites could go offline after very short intervals. Imagine several thousand TPB mirrors at any one time, each one only up for a week or so before being retired. Try and stop that!

Re:Meta-Bit-Torrent Protocol (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29189303)

a distributed site mirroring protocol so that anyone with a server can opt-in to being a TPB mirror by downloading the archive and then getting real-time updates from one or more mirrors as more torrents are posted

Like a NET you can USE. And there would be GROUPS into which NEWS could be posted... :)

Glad they are shutdown... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29187947)

I was glad they were prosecuted,

it's amazing how many people here and elsewhere revel in the theft and stealing of TPB and/or the users...

Funny (1)

Rehnberg (1618505) | about 5 years ago | (#29188095)

Yay, now we can torrent a torrent site! Does this mean that we can be sued for it, though?

&e4? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29191357)

avast antivirus blocks TPB (1)

edxwelch (600979) | about 5 years ago | (#29193839)

Just found out now that the new version of Avast is blocking the Pirate bay. Great, now I have censorship in my antivirus.

Re:avast antivirus blocks TPB (1)

PhxBlue (562201) | about 5 years ago | (#29196047)

Update your virus defs ... it was a false positive and has been fixed, according to commenters at DSLReports.com [broadbandreports.com] . I verified it just a few minutes ago by browsing to the site in Firefox/AdBlock Plus with no problems.

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