The Pirate Bay becomes raid-proof

The file-sharing site moves its servers beyond police reach

Topics: MPAA, The Pirate Bay, The Cloud, Piracy, Sweden, The Internet, Bit Torrent, ,

The Pirate Bay becomes raid-proofThe Pirate Bay logo (Wikimedia)

Popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay bills itself as “the world’s most resilient” site of its kind. As a top facilitator of illegal downloading around the planet, The Pirate Bay has, since its inception in 2003, taken pains to conceal the location of its servers from the authorities.

Now, according to TorrentFreak.com, TPB has headed for “the cloud” — all its servers will now be virtually hosted, without the need for any persisting physical server locations.

“Moving to the cloud lets [The Pirate Bay] move from country to country, crossing borders seamlessly without downtime. All the servers don’t even have to be hosted with the same provider, or even on the same continent,” The Pirate Bay told TorrentFreak. “If the police decide to raid us again there are no servers to take,” the site said, explaining that hosting content virtually leaves little to be taken in a raid.



The Pirate Bay was raided once before in 2006 in Sweden (where the site originates from). Police took all the site’s servers at the time, but it was still back online and more popular than ever within three days. According to Torrent Freak, the site’s move to the cloud may have been prompted by rumors that another police raid was imminent in Sweden. The powerful Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have long pressured authorities to crackdown on the site, which, since moving to the cloud, boasts the epithet “the galaxy’s most resilient bit torrent site.”

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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