Well, this is an interesting story to watch. If you haven’t lived under a rock the last couple of years, you’ve heard about the pirate bay, a search engine for .torrent files which (mostly) link to pirated material. May 31st the Swedish Police raided the hosting company where TPB was hosted, and shut down all the routers (not just TPB ones). Anyway, today – The Pirate Bay is back up – branded as “The Police Bay”, and with a fresh logo as well:
Those guys are priceless. I mean, they’re hardcore pirates. Or – are they pirates? It will be interesting following this case in Sweden, because TPB is nothing but a search engine for .torrent files – not much different than Google. You can find the same files searching Google – so if the pirate bay is illegal, then Google is as well. The only difference between the two search engines is that on the pirate bay you can only find .torrent files, most of which link to pirated material. On Google you can find that – and more.
I guess the MPAA don’t feel as smug this morning as they did then they released the press release entitled “Swedish Authorities Sink Pirate Bay“. Besides the fact that a bay can’t be sunk – they didn’t sink it, they just made it inoperable for three days ;).