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The Ghost Of The Pirate Bay Rises

Trying to take down the most prominent and well known (not to mention take down-resistant) torrent site was never going to be easy. The vacuum left in its place is too big to not be filled. So the original Pirate Bay as we know it has disappeared, with no timetable for return.

The problem is that this has a potentially negative effect on the entire Internet, as dozens of Pirate Bay imitation sites sprang to life. Some less than honest people are trying to relieve would-be torrent users of their hard-earned cash by promising access for a small one-off payment.

Some, on the other hand, are offering access to virus-ridden downloads or other malware. Amongst this cesspool of scum stands one well-regarded site, Isohunt, that has mirrored the Pirate Bay. Isohunt is attempting to keep users from abandoning the Pirate Bay while it is offline. Everyone is waiting with bated breath to see if the original Pirate Bay rises yet again from the ashes. In the meantime, these mirrored sites are not offering the ability to upload new content, but merely mirror a point-in-time copy of the Pirate Bay.

Perhaps in anticipation of the takedown, the Pirate Bay essentially mirrored itself so if it died, it would be able to continue for as long as someone could be bothered to host it. Interestingly, the first official comments from the people behind the TPB have started to appear. The comments, depending on your point of view, are either good or bad. To sum them up: There is no decision as to when or even if the Pirate Bay is being resurrected. Whatever happens, we won't see the new Pirate Bay anytime soon.

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  • closetwhisperer1
    Argh!!!!
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  • clonazepam
    Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen!
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  • iamdrjones
    I do not understand this article.
    Other articles report that Pirate Bay has been back up online 24 hours after the Raid, to the domain .cr . After reading your article, I went ahead and did a search on the .cr pirate bay site, a search for a TV Expisode of a popular show which aired last night, and there it was, with a status of "uploaded today".
    So I don't understand why the articles says Pirate Bay is not back online, and only mirrors exist with no possible uploads... Or am I missing something? Thanks for clarifying.
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  • Johan Kryger Haglert
    I do not understand this article.
    Other articles report that Pirate Bay has been back up online 24 hours after the Raid, to the domain .cr . After reading your article, I went ahead and did a search on the .cr pirate bay site, a search for a TV Expisode of a popular show which aired last night, and there it was, with a status of "uploaded today".
    So I don't understand why the articles says Pirate Bay is not back online, and only mirrors exist with no possible uploads... Or am I missing something? Thanks for clarifying.
    It's not necessary TPB just because it looks like TPB and holds the comment TPB held (if it do.)
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  • Kintaroo
    DEMONOID is online. was closed years ago also, but still lives.
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  • helper800
    And not to mention Kickasstorents.
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  • nitrium
    "Some less than honest people are trying to relieve would-be torrent users of their hard-earned cash by promising access for a small one-off payment."

    Less than honest people are the core user base of Pirate Bay. They, if no one else, would know better than fall victim to less than honest practices! Can't imagine much money was bled from that stone. A lot of people still fail to understand the whole point of pirating software is literally to NOT pay for it - in ANY way shape or form. Which is why imo stopping pirating (via DRM and website takedowns) isn't going to automatically transform to an increase in sales. It will be fascinating to see if the ~one month reprieve in piracy of Dragon Age: Inquisition due to the "unbreakable" Denuvo protection (which has now of course been broken), actually resulted in real world sales. Personally, I strongly suspect not.
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  • legoniza
    That sounds, if Tom's Hardware was reluctant to see TPB go and hopes for a replacement ???
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  • ykki
    Arrrrrr, it rises! !
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  • ykki
    Arrrrrr, it rises! !
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