This is a very controversial subject, as The Pirate Bay claims that no profit is obtained from the site for its administrators, but its proceeds are only used to cover maintenance costs. However, there have been many reports claiming that based on the ads found and other factors, The PirateBay should be a profitable site.
For example, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, also known as IFPI, has claimed that The Pirate Bay is an extremely profitable site. Its chairman Ludwig Werner explained that the people behind this site are driven by greed and not by love for free information. In his own words: "They are totally mercenary and are driven by the desire for personal wealth." However, his remarks have been contested by several people.
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The two tools that you need in order to access The Pirate Bay are a browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, and a good internet connection. Remember, The Pirate Bay works like any other web site on the Internet, and access to it has only been limited by governments and some ISPs.
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There are several web sites and publications that provide lists of proxies and mirrors of The Pirate Bay. However, you need to check how frequently they are updated, as proxies and mirrors are sometimes also subjected to legal actions and forced to shut down. One useful list can be found at https://piratebay-proxylist.com/. Another site that lists proxies is https://www.thepiratebay.wiki/piratebay-proxy-list/ However, bear in mind that sometimes these lists contain links to proxies and mirrors alike, without specifying the nature of the server.
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As the name suggests, a fake Pirate Bay site is a web site that looks like The Pirate Bay, but it is neither a mirror nor a proxy of it. They have been used for criminal activities and to introduce malware on people’s computers. Due to this, it is very important to use reliable sources of information, when searching for a proxy or mirror site.
Yes, you can and it is quite easy and straightforward. The Pirate Bay provides free dumps of its database on a frequent basis. Thus, the necessary information is available to anyone who wants to contribute with a mirror site. You only need a domain, host the mirror page and include it on the many lists of The Pirate Bay mirrors and proxies available on the Internet. And, very important to know, there is a great community of Pirate Bay’s fans, who can be connected through forums and other sites, and who are very much willing to help and share their expertise.
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As The Pirate Bay contains a lot of adult only material, it could be a good measure to ensure that minor children don’t have access to it. This can be done in many ways. For example, you could set up a firewall, impeding access to The Pirate Bay’s web site, its proxies and mirrors. However, as it is very difficult to keep an updated list of all of them, your children could probably still find one. Thus, the best option is to educate them, instilling in them a sense of responsibility and measured curiosity.
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As by principle The Pirate Bay does not check the uploaded torrents and magnets, you will easily find material that should not fall into the hands of children or minors. For example, it is quite easy to find porn movies, books related to extreme ideas, content provided by fanatic people, and more. In addition, many of the ads featured by this site have a strong sexual content. As far as it is known, The Pirate Bay only restricts material that has been related to child pornography and some few other subjects that are highly unethical.
Carl Lundström is a Swedish businessman and heir to the Wasabröd fortune. He has financed several projects, including the initial steps of The Pirate Bay. He has been accused of promoting far right views, and during The Pirate Bay trial he was charged with "accessory to breaching copyright law". He was found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison and to pay 30 million SEK (app. €2.7 million or US$3.5 million) in damages jointly with the three Pirate Bay founders. After an appeal, his sentence was reduced to four months and the fine increased to 32 million SEK.
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One of the servers used by The Pirate Bay and confiscated during the 2006 raid has been housed at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Sweden since February 2009. The museum declared that it had acquired the server because it has a great symbolic value as a "big problem or a big opportunity".
The people behind The Pirate Bay have created an architecture tailored to the two main concerns that the site faces, namely the hosting place must be difficult to find and if the site is shut down, it must be restored as quickly as possible. Therefore, they have resorted to using virtual machines (VMs), which have been organized in the following way:
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In addition, traffic is routed via a load balancer, which also masks the actions of the other virtual machines.
If you want to know whether The Pirate Bay is up or down, you can visit any of the many sites that publish information about its availability. Two of these sites are:
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The offices of The Pirate Bay in Sweden were raided by the Swedish police on the 31 of May, 2006. During this raid, the Swedish police confiscated 186 servers that had been located in 12 different places.
This raid caused a short shutdown of The Pirate Bay’s web site, but the service was promptly reassumed by using servers from the Netherlands. The Pirate Bay claimed that the raid was politically motivated. According to TorrentFreak, the USA had threatened to include Sweden in the WTO’s black list.
Paradoxically, the raid didn’t stop the activities of The Pirate Bay, but actually made the site more famous as the number of visits to the site increased rapidly.
Yes, there are several cases of people and groups of users being convicted for using The Pirate Bay. However, most of these cases involve people or groups doing a huge amount of downloads. For example, in the Netherlands, the 2Lions team had to pay €67,500 to the Dutch antipiracy institution BREIN (Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland) in 2016. There are reports saying that BREIN has gone after many users, and has even used debt collectors in order to obtain the money agreed in several settlements.
Yes, The Pirate Bay is a very popular site. Paradoxically, its popularity grew substantially after The Pirate Bay trial of 2006; thus, increasing the potential amount of copyrights infringements, instead of decreasing them. According to Wikipedia, at present The Pirate Bay has an approximate amount of five million users.
The symbol of The Pirate Bay is a drawing of a 3-masted sailing ship with 'Home Taping Is Killing Music' cassette & crossbones. It is used by the official site and many of its proxy and mirror sites, and has been subjected to commercialization, for instance by the garment industry.
The answer of to this question is very personal, and it depends on how you personally feel about copyrights and information sharing. For example, you may think that infringing copyrights is wrong and thus, believe that The Pirate Bay actions are unethical.
But even if you believe that information must be freely available to all, you may also be concerned about what information should be freely available. For example, you may be against publishing data on 3D printing of guns, or photos of minors without parental consent, as in the case of the murdered children of Nicklas Jangestig.
Unfortunately the answer is no. This is due to the fact that in 2009, the company blocked all messages, both private and public, containing links to The PirateBay’s torrents. This action was Facebook’s answer to a feature introduced by The Pirate Bay, which allowed Facebook’s users to share links to torrents. Facebook proceeded in this manner, because - according to them - they didn’t want to be an instrument of copyright infringement.
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Anyone can access The Pirate Bay’s Facebook page. The link is https://www.facebook.com/ThePirateBayOfficial/ On this page you can find some interesting posts about The Pirate Bay and other related subjects. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t allow you to share torrents via its app.
Yes, The PirateBay is very easy to use. In order to search for material, you just need to visit the site at https://www.thepiratebay.org/ or any of its proxies or mirrors. You will be prompted to a page with a text box where you must input keywords related to the book, song, video, software or other material that you are looking for. Then, you need to choose between “Pirate Search” and “I’m feeling lucky”. The difference is that “I’m feeling lucky” just searches for the most resent torrents, and thus, it is faster.
After submitting your search you will be prompted to a list containing the material found. Select the option that most appeals to you. Remember to read the comments available, as they can indicate some potential dangers in that torrent.
In order to download the file, once you have chosen the torrent, you will need a torrent client program, such as BitLord. And, have a good antivirus installed on your computer, which can detect whether the file you downloaded has malicious content or not.
Using The Pirate Bay doesn’t require much knowledge, as it works as any basic search engine. However, what is important to know is how to protect yourself from potential harmful content. For example, you must consider using a VPN and a good antivirus program in order to remain anonymous and to avoid the damage of potential viruses respectively.
There are many places that contain information about The Pirate Bay. The first that you can consult are the site’s blog, Wikipedia and the publication TorrentFreak, which are all very good sources of information.
If you are looking for deeper analysis, you can consult some academic work, such as Miller’s thesis. However, as an Internet search will immediately reveal, The Pirate Bay’s strategy impedes obtaining a good amount of information.
TiAMO was the alias used by Fredrik Neij, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, and one of the four people sentenced during The Pirate Bay trial. In November 2014, he was arrested in Nong Khai, Thailand, while attempting to cross to Laos. He had been living in Laos for over three years with his wife and children, and had crossed the border to Thailand many times, where he had a house in the holiday resort of Phuket. Once back in Sweden, he served two thirds of his prison term, and was released in 2015.
According to Internet site TorrentFreak, Gottfrid Svartholm was deported from Cambodia, even in the absence of an extradition treaty between the two countries, because Sweden arranged a $59 million aid package for Cambodia as a payoff. They also found it interesting that the same day of his arrest, Ambassador Ron Kirk, the United States Trade Representative and President Obama’s principal negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues was in Cambodia on a diplomatic mission.
Anakata was the alias used by Per Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay in 2003. He was also one of the four people sentenced during The Pirate Bay trial. After his arrest, he jumped his bail and flew to Laos and Cambodia.
On the 30 August 2012, while living in Cambodia, Svartholm was arrested in the capital Phnom Penh, based on an extradition order from Sweden. This caused a legal problem, as there was no extradition treaty between these two countries. However, Cambodia proceeded with the extradition, and Svartholm had to serve his jail term in the Mariefred prison in Mariefred, Sweden.
In order to hide their true identities the three founders of The Pirate Bay originally used aliases to identify themselves.
Their aliases were as follows:
Fredrik Neij: worked under the name of TiAMO
Gottfrid Svartholm: used the alias Anakata, and
Peter Sunde: called himself Brokep.
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