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Pirate Bay on the run as hosts jump ship

David Landes · 6 Oct 2009, 14:29

Published: 06 Oct 2009 14:29 GMT+02:00

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Last Wednesday, Swedish bandwidth supplier PatrikWeb quit servicing The Pirate Bay, and since then the site has been forced to use different providers throughout Europe, the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reports.

At first a supplier in the Ukraine ensured that the site could continue functioning late last week.

But the solution was short lived after BREIN, a Dutch anti-piracy organization, discovered Pirate Bay's traffic was being routed through the Netherlands and pressured a Dutch supplier to cut off service, according to the tech news website Torrentfreak.com.

Since then, The Pirate Bay has bounced around to several providers, most recently landing with CB3Rob.net, a German host with ties to the country’s own chapter of the Pirate Party.

“They contacted us and said that they needed our services,” CB3Rob.net’s Sven Kamphuis told SvD of the company's decision to throw The Pirate Bay a lifeline.

But on Tuesday morning, the file sharing site wasn’t working, something which Kamphuis attributed to technical problems.

According to SvD, the Pirate Bay’s problems securing a steady host are due in part to fears that operators may face legal action from an entertainment industry committed to curbing illegal file sharing.

Monique Wadsted, a lawyer representing the interests of American film companies in Sweden, confirmed she’d been pressuring Swedish firms to stop supplying The Pirate Bay with bandwidth.

“I usually call and talk to them. It’s nice to get off on the right foot; there’s no reason to pull out the big guns right away,” she told the newspaper.

She explained that she nevertheless sent letters to PatrikWeb warning that the company risked being sued if it didn’t cut off service to The Pirate Bay.

Peter Sunde, one of the site’s founders and former spokesperson no longer has a formal role with The Pirate Bay.

Nevertheless, he expressed his amusement over the entertainment industry’s tireless quest to sink The Pirate Bay.

“It’s terribly entertaining to see all the work the law firms are putting into threatening those who supply the internet’s infrastructure, and even if they get their way, as legally offensive as it is, it doesn’t matter anyway,” Sunde wrote in an email to SvD.

Also on Tuesday, a Swedish court dismissed bias allegations lodged against two of the judges set to preside over the appeals phase of The Pirate Bay trial.

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Last week, defence lawyer Per E. Samuelsson 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.

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

But the Svea Court of Appeal ruled that the pair’s membership in the organizations did not constitute bias.

Appeals court proceedings for the four men convicted in The Pirate Bay trial are scheduled to start on November 13th.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:55 October 6, 2009 by crunchy2k
The torrent hub sits in calm waters while the RIAA and its stooges sit on the shore creating false journalism trying to make waves.
15:26 October 6, 2009 by eZee.se
"discovered Pirate Bay's traffic was being routed through the Netherlands and pressured a Dutch supplier to cut off service"

Fantastic, rather than use the law, bully an ISP that has nothing to do with the pirate bay (kind of like bullying Telenoir for people mms'ing topless pictures of their grandma) into blocking a website. I ask what next? Block websites that dont share the music industries opinions? then political opinions?

"I usually call and talk to them. It's nice to get off on the right foot; there's no reason to pull out the big guns right away"

Oh yes, I see it now: "Hello! How are you? Hope you are fine today, listen, either you do what we tell you or we are going to throw millions against you and crush you like an insect. What? yes, that will do, nice to see you agree with us, have a nice day".

"But the Svea Court of Appeal ruled that the pair's membership in the organizations did not constitute bias."

Get those blasted kangaroos out of the stage court,

lets try this again,

begin show trial take 3.....



16:53 October 6, 2009 by foxpur
Wonder why they dont move to Spain where piracy is legal.
19:01 October 6, 2009 by eZee.se
@foxpur, in Spain its not even considered "piracy", unless you are on a ship pillaging and raping helpless Spanish senoritas with a parrot on your shoulder and an eye patch :))

No, seriously... they do have saner copyright laws (as can be witnessed by the pro copyright side's constant whining about Spain) but TPB cannot move ship there as if you have ads on the site/s its no longer considered private but a business / cash enterprise.

TPB cannot run due to bandwidth and other costs without ads, after all its one of the most popular sites in the world and transfers something like 2 gigs a second.. or something that (cant remember the exact stats) and thats not cheap.
01:36 October 7, 2009 by TiAmo
Pirates move to… Antarctica?

Watch-movies.net, a big portalsite for illegal movies, has moved to Antarctica. At least according to the Whois records. Because in reality the site is hosted in the Netherlands by a provider called Cyberbunker.com. Cyberbunker is run by the famous Dutch hacker Sven Olaf 'CB3ROB' Kamphuis. CB3ROB uses fake Whois records to shield his clients.

Whois records contain information about the owner of a site, the provider, and the nameservers and DNS-servers associated with the site. The Whois registry enables people to find out who is running a site. By faking Whois records, it becomes much harder to establish who is running a certain site. Naturally, spammers, phishers, pirates and other cybercriminals prefer to use providers that are willing to hide their identities.

Faking Whois records is a violation of the rules set forth by ICANN, the organisation responsible for the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS). While providers like Cyberbunker claim that they protect the privacy of their users, the reality is that their services mainly attract cybercriminals.

Providers that don't play by the rules are an increasing problem for the internet and a thorn in the side of the security community. Therefore, the security community applauded the recent move by ICANN to pull the accreditation of EstDomain, a provider that primarily catered to the needs of spammers and criminals.

05:19 October 7, 2009 by Random Guy
we still have




and more..
14:36 October 7, 2009 by eZee.se

The problem with most of the services you mentioned is, they dont run a tracker, and most of the results you get are using tpb tracker anyway... it used to, till OBT came along.

I just wish demoniod comes back fast.
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