The notorious torrent Web site The Pirate Bay appears to be back online and as alive as it ever was on Monday. The file-sharing site, famous for hosting tons of copyrighted content including movies, television series, e-books, video games and music, went offline last week following a raid on its headquarters by Swedish authorities.
Oddly, The Pirate Bay has a competitor to thank for its timely resurrection. Fellow-torrent site IsoHunt announced on its blog that it had copied the entire Pirate Bay site and would host it on its servers. The move has effectively rendered any move by local authorities to kill the popular service impotent.
Back from the Dead
This is not the first time the site has been taken down. Over its 10-year history, the site has clashed repeatedly with authorities. Thanks to its vast library and popularity The Pirate Bay has long been a major headache for media companies and copyright holders. Last month one of its cofounders, Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, was arrested by Thai immigration authorities on an Interpol warrant while trying to enter Thailand. He had previously been convicted of copyright infringement in Sweden before fleeing the country while on bail.
IsoHunt’s new site is being hosted at oldpiratebay.org. Aside from the change in URL, a new color scheme, and a post-mortem lamenting the passing of the original site, there seems to be little difference between the new and the old Pirate Bay.
Despite IsoHunt’s rather neighborly gesture toward one of its top competitors, the move does not appear to have been a purely selfless act on its part. On the contrary, IsoHunt seems to be trying to poach, or at least borrow, some of The Pirate Bay’s users. “We’re welcoming all the PirateBay users and uploaders here on Isohunt.to!” the site said in a blog post announcing the move. “Come on in guys, we’re ready to accomodate [sic] all of you, we have room for everybody.” IsoHunt said that it would take the new site down if the original Pirate Bay comes back online.
IsoHunt is not the only torrent site looking to cash in on users looking for a new place to download files. According to torrent news Web site TorrentFreak, The Pirate Bay’s demise has sparked an army of imitators. While IsoHunt has made it clear that it is offering only a copy of the original site, others seem to be trying to fool users into thinking they are the actual Pirate Bay.
It is hardly surprising that The Pirate Bay clones popped up so quickly. The site created a 75 megabyte archive of all of its critical data, including its magnet links. An updated version of the backup has been available for download since February.
Online piracy is proving to be a more resilient challenge than its opponents had hoped. Although the death of Pirate Bay did seem to lead to a brief decline in digital piracy, the effect appears to have been short-lived, according to a report in Variety. If file-sharers succeed in relocating to other torrent sites en masse, copyright owners might feel that they are playing a never-ending game of whack-a-mole.
Posted: 2014-12-16 @ 2:33am PT
It's just a mirror of isohunt not TPB.