Most visitors to the Piratebay.org today were in for a surprise. U.S. Newswire (http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=66667) reports that on May 31st, 2006, the MPAA and its allies finally succeded in getting The Pirate Bay (http://thepiratebay.org/), taken offline. "Since filing a criminal complaint in Sweden in November 2004, the film industry has worked vigorously with Swedish and U.S. government officials in Sweden to shut this (illegal) site down. Over 50 Swedish law enforcement officials executed search warrants and raids at 10 different locations which resulted in three arrests and the preclusion of millions of users trading up to 2 million (illegal) files simultaneously."
According to Alexa.com, which rates millions of Web sites around the world, "The Pirate Bay" was the 479th most visited Web site in the world, ranking 21st in Sweden and 312th in the U.S. In comparison, CNN.com is the 125th most popular site in Sweden. With more than one million hits per day, the popular P2P haven took in an estimated $60,000 per month from advertisers in addition to thousands of dollars collected from user donations.
The article, being mostly a news release from the MPAA, has a predictable point of view, but being this early on in the game, few other sources were avaialble to cover the takedown. The aticle proudly states, "By shutting down Razorback2 and sites like 'The Pirate Bay,' the ease with which pirates can obtain illegal content online can be slowed dramatically." While this last assertion is debatable, one thing is certain: ThePiratebay.org has sailed its last Black Flag. Aaargh.