The Pirate Bay Begins Accepting Public Contributions In The Form Of Bitcoin Donations

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The world’s most famous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has started accepting contributions in the form of Bitcoin donations. Until now TPB users never had the option to donate to their favorite BitTorrent site, but now they can.

TPB which will celebrate its milestone 10th birthday with a massive party in Sweden in a few months time previously only encouraged users to show their support by purchasing Pirate swag or contributing to the occasional money drive and with the use of banner advertisements. However now the public will be able to support the site via Bitcoin donations!Continue Reading

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TPB’s Gottfrid Svartholm Charged With Hacking A Bank & Several Companies

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Swedish prosecutor Henry Olin has announced new hacking charges that are being levied against Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm, who alongside 3 others is suspected to have hacked several companies and a bank.

Svartholm is currently in custody in Sweden after he was extradited from Cambodia in August of 2012. At the time, it was believed that the deal was made to bring him back to Sweden so he could serve the prison sentence handed to him for his involvement in the TPB, however it soon became clear that the authorities had other ideas too. When he had landed, the Swedish authorities claimed that they believed he was involved in several hacking cases and this week, Henry Olin of the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm announced the specific charges. Continue Reading

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The Pirate Bay Shifts To Greenland Domain To Avoid Seizure From Swedish Authorities

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In anticipation of domain seizures, the world’s most infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has switched to Greenland’s .gl domain. With the move comes a new set of IP-addresses, which may mean that users in countries that operate TPB blockades will be able to access the site, at least temporarily.

A Pirate Bay insider told TorrentFreak that the move (which took place last night) will be permanent and it was made because the BitTorrent site believes that Swedish authorities were preparing to seize their Swedish domain name. This would make the site inaccessible worldwide. Continue Reading

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Irish Priests Viewing DVD Screeners & The Strange Downloading Habits Of The Vatican Pirates!

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In a WTF tale of religion and piracy, TorrentFreak has discovered some rather interesting (some would say unsettling) information about the questionable material downloaded by pirates in the Vatican – the world’s most religious city!

Their investigation came about after Paul Flynn, owner of a DVD rental store in Limerick, Ireland brought to their attention, the viewing habits of a priest who regularly visits his rental store. Continue Reading

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Game Of Thrones Season Premier Smashes BitTorrent Swarm Records!

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The eagerly awaited season premier Game of Thrones has shattered numerous records since it aired just recently. It registered more than a million downloads in a 24 hour period causing the largest ever BitTorrent swarm and it took the record for the number of people sharing a torrent file at the same time, with 160,000 simultaneous peers.

Data collected by TorrentFreak shows that London topped the list of cities eager to download the episode, whilst Australia has the highest piracy rate of numerous destinations all around the world. Continue Reading

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Copyright Trolls Hand WordPress A Subpoena For Critics IP Addresses

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The battle between the copyright trolls and those dedicated to fighting against them just took another interesting twist as the legal battle between a company renowned for copyright trolling and two troll defense blogs hots up.

Prenda Law is embroiled in a bitter fight between blogs FightCopyrightTrolls (FCT) and DieTrollDie (DTD) and their latest move has seen them subpoena WordPress asking for the IP addresses of everyone who has visited those sites since January 1st 2011. Continue Reading

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The Pirate Bay Announces North Korea Relocation

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Infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, has said this week that they will be moving home from Europe and setting up shop in North Korea.

Despite the fact that North Korea is known to have a very limited internet service, TPB said in a blog post that the dictatorship of Kim Jong-un had offered the bittorrent tracker the opportunity to relocate there.

North Korea is arguably one of the most isolated countries in the entire world and it is well known for the excessive levels of control the leadership has over its people – highly censoring the media, internet and issuing strict guidelines that must be followed, even down to the way people wear their hair! Continue Reading

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Legal Action Threats Force The Pirate Bay To Move From Sweden

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Mounting legal pressure from Swedish anti-piracy group, the Rights Alliance has forced The Pirate Bay to leave Sweden and move their hosting to Norway and Spain.

The file-sharing site was being hosted by the Swedish Pirate Party, but the growing threat of legal action from the Rights Alliance, an anti-piracy outfit that represents the entertainment industry, has forced their hand and they have made the decision to move sticks. Continue Reading

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The Pirate Bay Files Complaint About Actions Of Anti-Piracy Group To Finnish Police

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The Pirate Bay has made another move in the battle with Finnish anti-piracy outfit CIAPC and filed a formal complaint to the Finnish police’s Economic Crimes unit. They have asked the Finnish police to investigate their allegations that CIAPC have violated the website’s usage policy by ripping off their CSS and imitating their logo.

In the complaint to the police, TPB site a similar case where the operator of a parody website was prosecuted recently and said; “We will not stand by and watch copyright enforcing organizations disrespect copyright…In a similar case, the prosecution and the Helsinki Court of Appeals have found that a parody site can violate the moral rights of the original author. Changing the logo or making slight edits to the text are not enough to remove this liability.Continue Reading

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Finnish Anti-Piracy Outfit Welcomes Pirate Bay Lawsuit

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Finnish anti-piracy outfit, the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Center (CIAPC) said that they would welcome a lawsuit from file-sharing site The Pirate Bay over copyright claims because they believe it would be of great benefit if the site’s anonymous operators were unmasked.

The whole beautifully ironic affair began after the CIAPC launched a campaign to promote legal downloads that copied TPB’s CSS and imitated the infamous pirate ship logo used by the site, showing the boat in a sinking position. TPB said “Stealing material like this on the internet is a threat to economies worldwide [...] We will sue [CIAPC] for copyright infringement.Continue Reading

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