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Topic # 8075 1-Jun-2006 20:14
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BREAKING NEWS: has been shut down shut down by the Swedish police!
Here is what homepage says:


In the morning of 2006-05-31 the Swedish National Criminal Police showed a search warrant to Rix|Port80 personnell. The warrant was valid for all datacentres of Rix|Port80 and was directed at The Pirate Bay. The allegation was breach of copy-right law, alternatively assisting breach of copy-right law.

The police officers were allowed access to the racks where the TPB servers and other servers are hosted. All servers in the racks were clearly marked as to which sites run on each. The police took down all servers in the racks, including the non-commercial site Piratbyrån, the mission of which is to defend the rights of TPB via public debate.

According to police officers simultaneously questioning the president of Rix|Port80, the purpose of the search warrant is to take down TPB in order to secure evidence of the allegations mentioned above.

The necessity for securing technical evidence for the existance of a web-service which is fully official, the legality of which has been under public debate for years and whose principals are public persons giving regular press interviews, could not be explained. Asked for other reasoning behind the choice to take down a site, without knowing wether it is illegal or not, the officers explained that this is normal.

The TPB can receive compensation from the Swedish state in case that the upcoming legal processes show that TPB is indeed legal.


This is big news! is the largest torrent finder by far! Many a geek will be sad to find there favourite site gone!

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  Reply # 37466 1-Jun-2006 21:22

this sucks for legitimate torrent users all over the planet.
I'd happily wager that the RIAA or MPAA pressured the Swedish police to do this.

Following the logic of these ambiguious police allegations, ISPs are guilty criminals aswell as Google for linking to the Pirate Bay.
On a more serious note, Google, when used to this end, can be an extremely powerful hacking tool. But we don't see Googles servers being raided do we!

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  Reply # 37479 2-Jun-2006 09:23
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or for that matter The Radio Network, Clear Channel, HBO etc being closed down... even blockbuster aids piracey...

wait for the piratebay to return...

and if you don't ubderstad the importance of p2p check out

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  Reply # 37491 2-Jun-2006 12:33
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On a more serious note, Google, when used to this end, can be an extremely powerful hacking tool. But we don't see Googles servers being raided do we!

Not raided, yes, but people seem to be trying other means :)

"A BELGIAN network-monitoring outfit called ServersCheck has sued the search giant Google claiming its tool bar points the way to pirated software..."

They're a bit too important to "shut down first, ask questions later".
Besides, it would be a bit difficult on Google's part to monitor and restrict ALL sites like that.
There are just too many and too many different laws in the world.

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  Reply # 37496 2-Jun-2006 13:13
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  Reply # 37694 5-Jun-2006 05:16

UPDATE: protests against the takedown were held in gotenberg and stockholm last saturday

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  Reply # 39729 26-Jun-2006 20:54
Send private message Just goes to like it used to. Wink So I suppose it's back up!!! Hooray! Smile

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  Reply # 40300 2-Jul-2006 06:56
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wow crazy
that site was massive for a while

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  Reply # 40315 2-Jul-2006 16:27
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the site still is massive...

1059568 registered users.
2139308 peers (1722161 leechers + 417147 seeders) in 153904 torrents on tracker.

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