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Pirate Bay down as hosts bow to German court

Pirate Bay down as hosts bow to German court

Published: 18 May 2010 09:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 May 2010 11:23 GMT+02:00

German internet service provider Cyberbunker decided to close the popular BitTorrent file sharing site after a preliminary decision by a Hamburg court, according to tech news website Torrentfreak.com.

The court decision came after pressure from Hollywood, Torrentfreak.com writes, explaining that Cyberbunker had been threatened with huge fines if they did not comply.

The company's lawyers will now examine the decision and in the meantime have elected to sever bandwidth to The Pirate Bay.

Visitors to the site on Tuesday morning were greeted with an error page informing them that the server is down. Torrentfreak.com claimed to have spoken to The Pirate Bay team who stated that they were working on a solution to the problem and did not intend to await a decision from Cyberbunker.

By 11am the site was back in service with the error page replaced with a "lolcat" greeting which pokes fun at "futile attempts ats contrllings ours internets (sic)".

Since its servers were seized in 2006 The Pirate Bay has been periodically obliged to find alternative solutions for its web hosting as the entertainment industry continues to demonstrate its commitment to curbing illegal file sharing through the courts.

The Local reported in October 2009 that The Pirate Bay was forced to bounce around European bandwidth providers in order to find a new home.

Each time the website has been closed it has reopened, typically within a few hours or days, and Tuesday's closure has proved no exception.

Furthermore, last Wednesday the Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) dismissed bias allegations lodged against two of the judges set to preside over the appeals phase of The Pirate Bay trial.

Financier Carl Lundström had asked the court to rule on whether appeals court chief judge Kristina Boutz and appeals court judge Ulrika Ihrfelt were unfit to rule on the case due to conflicts of interest pertaining to their memberships of organizations which support copyright holders.

Boutz is a member of the copyright organization SFIR and Ihrfelt has been a member of the copyright group SFU.

But the Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that the pair’s membership in the organizations did not constitute bias.

Lundström, along with Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde, was convicted by Stockholm District Court of being an accessory to copyright violations in April 2009. Their appeals court hearing is due to open in September.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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12:04 May 18, 2010 by eZee.se
Ohh this makes PERFECT sense.

Or as much sense as Ferrari being banned from selling you a car because you or your son have broken too many speed rules.

Its "inconvenient" (impossible?) as well as a PR nightmare to chase the millions of people who download pirated material so instead they are going after people who are hosting .Torrent files, .torrent files cannot be copyrighted and if you had all the torrent files in the world on a USB drive and were caught by the police they wouldnt do anything to you as .torrent files are completely legal, just a bunch of hash values.

But throw in a (corrupted?) judge with ties to the copyright industries along with a LOT of money from the music and film industries and suddenly you cannot host legal files.

All because a cold blooded entity refuses to evolve with the times but instead chooses to fight it - which worked out real well for the dodo as well.
13:19 May 18, 2010 by xavidx
its up again.
14:06 May 18, 2010 by BrittInSweden
Stop using car analogies eZee.se as media is nothing like a physical object so your argument is totally invalid everytime you try to use cars as an example.

Also if you had all the .torrent files on USB and were caught with it they would do nothing but if you used that same USB drive on multiple PC's you would be dealt with the same as pirate bay in that you are making available access to copyrighted material without paying the owners of the content.
14:56 May 18, 2010 by 10011

that's a really bad comparison.

The Pirate Bay does not host any files. It's hair splitting, but that's how it is. If TPB is guilty of something then the same goes for search engines like Google.

It's like if Vägverket would be responsible for the fact that their roads are being used by criminals.
16:22 May 18, 2010 by eZee.se
@BrittInSweden, You are either seriously mixed up or are trying to mix things up because what you wrote is...well, crap.

The car analogy is pretty good, or perhaps you would prefer the postal service one where the post office gets sued for one user sending DVDs to someone else?

And no, i can use that same USB drive on *** every computer in the world including the ones at the anti-piracy depts as well as the police *** and it would be legal.

Torrrent files are nothing but hash files (let me educate you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_function) and hash files ARE NOT illegal.

Having them on a USB drive is not illegal.

Using a usb drive that contains hash files/torrents on multiple computers is not illegal.

Sending you this torrent file is NOT illegal via mail, email, paper, usb drive etc

Taking this hash file, sticking it into a client like utorrent and then proceeding to download the resulting file (if its copyrighted - keep in mind not all files are copyrighted) would be *copyright infringement*.

Get it? if no, write back and I'll try to educate you a bit further.
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