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KarmaOverDogma's Journal: The PirateBay Sinks on May 31st, 2006. 3

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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.

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The PirateBay Sinks on May 31st, 2006.

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  • I'm pretty sure they will find another way around this. Not necessarily to bring back The Pirate Bay, but the same people involved now will bring something new up very likely. Now, I have to say that I don't personally condone or participate in software, movie or musica piracy but I understand why it exists for the most part. That was a large reason for my moving away from Windows. It's nearly impossible to do anything useful in Windows without spending a lot more money than most of us have or well... p
    • Honestly, do you ever see anyone posting ISOs of things like Firefox, Thunderbird, The GIMP, or OpenOffice on "pirate" boards

      Both Suprnova and The Pirate Bay had decent selections of F/LOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) torrents. I know because that's the first place I'd look for an active one (in many cases, more likely than the distro's home page).

      In my opinion, anyone who bought Windows ME had every right to pirate Win98 to downgrade. Win98 should also have been made available as a bug fix fo

      • G-d , I love Sim city heh 1,2,3 and 4(which was not as good as 3).
        I have the lot on CD#s all paid for.
        My rules is , never pirate anything I can afford to buy and can justify buying.
        Thus , the people are not loosing any money in any real sense if I download something.
        CAD software and things I enjoy playing around with on occasion , but in reality have no need for and could not afford.A few other programs also.
        In fact I have made these companys money by recomending the programs to business

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