Pirate Bay

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Pirate Bay

A BitTorrent file sharing website with links to copyrighted songs, videos, games, applications and pornography, launched in Sweden in 2003. Although the site was offline for short periods due to lawsuits, throughout its history, Pirate Bay generally had the highest illegal file sharing traffic on the Web. From 2010 to 2014, certain founders and hosting providers were convicted of copyright infringement and given prison sentences and hefty fines.

Down But Not Out
Pirate Bay was finally taken down in 2014 when the Swedish police raided the venue and removed the servers, and Google deleted Play Store apps related to the site. Subsequently, other sites such as Isohunt (www.isohunt.to) have resurrected Pirate Bay's index of files, taking up the cause that all forms of information should be free to the citizens of the world. See BitTorrent.
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Starting in 2012, The Pirate Bay began providing its services from several cloud-hosting providers located around the globe.
When The Pirate Bay announced it had moved to North Korea at the behest of that country's leader to "fight our battles from their network," it certainly seemed plausible.
All the major broadband providers have blocked access to the Pirate Bay itself following a landmark High Court ruling in the BPI's favour April, the paper said.
As a result of the ruling, the UK's biggest ISPs will start blocking The Pirate Bay soon.
The Pirate Bay is the world's largest BitTorrent site, enabling and encouraging the mass illegal distribution of copyrighted content, including music, movies, TV programmes, games and publications.
The Pirate Bay was set up in 2003 by anti-copyright organisation Piratbyran, but for the last five years it has been run by individuals.
Global Gaming Factory X said the deal would include rights to use the Pirate Bay domain name and accompanying websites.
Global Gaming Factory (GGF) announced it had bought The Pirate Bay domain name and related websites, which have more than 20 million users globally, for $7.
And The Pirate Bay is only one in a spectrum of file-sharing options, most of which link to popular movies, music, and games-often appearing online before they're commercially available and coming, of course, for free.
Copyright arguments are back in the limelight as the team behind file sharing website The Pirate Bay were found guilty and sentenced to a year in jail by a Swedish court.
In late April, a Swedish court gave four men behind the Pirate Bay torrent-tracking website a one-year prison sentence and awarded $3.
They were linked to The Pirate Bay, the world's biggest free file-sharing website.