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The Pirate Bay Down - But for How Long?
May 17, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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The Pirate Bay has been besieged by one legal setback after another. The constant legal onslaught has finally taken its toll on the venerable BitTorrent website, as the May 13th injunction order has been complied with. At the time of this writing, The Pirate Bay is offline.

Although the injunction has been fulfilled, there is an apparent effort underway to revive the site. The timing of this shutdown is quite interesting. For those who were around on May 30 of 2006 will remember when The Pirate Bay was initially shut down. Things were much different back then, as the site was run by Gottfrid Svartholm ("Anakata"), Fredrik Neij ("TiAMO") and Peter Sunde ("brokep").

Since then, the three original administrators and financial backer Carl Lundström were sued for copyright infringement and found guilty. Their penalty is up to a year in jail and a $4 million dollar fine. The case is still in the appeals process.

If whoever is in control of the site does restore The Pirate bay, they can expect Hollywood to follow. Almost 4 years since the initial raid and shut down, however, the movie studios continue to be unsuccessful in their efforts.

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