I reported last week about The Pirate Bay shuffling it's servers to a host in The Ukraine. Although there are other torrent sites including Extra Torrent located there, it seems the infamous anti-piracy outfit BREIN has successfully pressured the internet service provider and hosts of TPB to cut off the bandwidth supply to the renowned TPB. Yet again, an internet service provider is threatened for trying to keep itself in business, and doing nothing illegal, and this time, the ISP caved in under the intense scrutiny, possibly fearing future court dates or sanctions.
Is anyone really surprised that this has happened? I for one am not, nor are the millions of torrent fanatics who foresaw this heap of madness coming their way. Earlier in my initial reporting, I stated that The Ukraine was home for the bandwidth of The Pirate Bay, yet many were confused as to why the domain still showed a Swedish IP address. Reports now clearly explain the all traffic to the website has been routed through a Netherlands carrier known as ISP NForce, that is redirecting through the services of another Dutch carrier, Leaseweb. This is why the IP address of TPB was still showing as not in the location of the actual supplier that the bay was using.
The Dutch slimeballs known as BREIN have asked for Leaseweb to stop supplying bandwidth to the bay, in which Leaseweb refused, due to technical means that they are not actually supplying TPB, but they are supplying NForce. “The Pirate Bay is hosted on a different autonomous system (AS). LeaseWeb is not the host, and our client [NForce] is not hosting The Pirate Bay either. We are only the IP Transit supplier, or carrier of Internet traffic for a company that uses our carrier services,” Alex de Joode, Security Officer for the company Leaseweb had stated.
Upon the decision from Leaseweb to ignore BREIN, it gave BREING the new found idea to then attack NForce, demanding that they discontinue all service to TPB or face legal and civil action against them. The smaller NForce had no choice but to comply as a major headlining trial would possibly bankrupt their upstarting company. As of the time of this article, The Pirate Bay is inaccessible to anyone in the world, although as we know and expect they will put the site up again, whether through another ISP or through a small temporary server or even possibly an IPv6 locale. “We summoned NForce to stop the routing and they complied,” BREIN director Tim Kuik responded to questions regarding what pressures were put onto NForce to make their final decision.
This is digging into new grounds, as this is the first time an internet service provider which doesn't actually host a site itself, but merely re-directs traffic, has been coerced into shutting down a site that is deemed as controversial. This possibly will affect the decision of future ISP's to shutdown other sites that are questionable and possibly host .torrent files. Sadly, many other small internet suppliers will undoubtedly make a similar decision as they can in no way, shape, or form handle a court battle against a much larger and financially motivated outfit as BREIN. Which we all know receives funding from Hollywood production companies, although the amount is of course undisclosed, possibly in the tens of millions.
Unfortunately for the rest of the torrent world, this continues to trickle down into future legal disputes for the rest of the sites. The Pirate Bay as great of a powerful voice as it once was, has inadvertently brought the "heat" onto the entire torrent world. Once a powerhouse in p2p, torrents have been used to distribute the vast vault of information and files to those whom otherwise would not be able to access certain material. The world of p2p has officially been under fire for quite some time, but nowhere near as much as it is with the controversy and spectacles surround the infamous bay.
The benefits that .torrent files bring to the world far outweigh the cons. Proving this, anti piracy outfits and the entertainment industry spend nearly five times what they claim to "lose" to piracy, on fighting the piracy. How illogical is that? Far beyond extreme. Logic has obviously not been a key role in decisions made by the industry, but willpower to fight the world of peer to peer technology and communication has without a doubt been a keen factor in the endless battle. Someone from within the industry must realize that it's an un-winnable war, although they do not seem to be hindered by this fact. You shut down one site, ten more pop up; you convict one crew, and a crew that is smarter and more efficient goes underground. It will never end.
The headlines have been filled with The Pirate Bay scandal, trials, and tactical warfare stories, and it seems far from over. Each day this plot thickens, and more and more people become aware of the facts of this case. We all also realize, that the move to The Ukraine is possible more damaging to the sites which currently use that locale as a host, than it is beneficial. The attention cannot be received as a gift, in fact it's more of a curse. Killin' them softly, as they say. While as long as The Pirate Bay exists, it will be public enemy number one, it doesn't mean that the attention of the anti piracy advocates has fully shifted into another direction, in fact, in only means that everyone else has an extended time frame to back up it's servers and plan for the future wars against their own site. Everyone in the torrent world should take note of the actions of the anti piracy outfits, which is also a motivation tool for groups coming out in favor of peer to peer and file sharing.
It may seem that the headlines are only going to hurt the industry, and make others despise the motives used by them and anti piracy. Yes some groups continue to use cheap tactics to force indexers into submission, but this is nothing new. Doing the dirty work of "selling" lies and schemes to shut down torrent indexers is a trademark of BREIN. We can only hope that The Pirate Bay either dies off and saves other torrent sites from the wraith of the anti piracy scum, or sets sail for another bay. Only time will tell.
October 6th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
|posted by (2009-10-06 08:40:34)|
|Seems like they are making an example , a definite show of power and a warning to all..TPB is doomed really watched all time now. The Slightest movement is seen by all. Thanks for the info OB as all the world is watching this 1|
|posted by (2009-10-06 09:04:49)|
|Yikes ok this is getting scary what is going to happen ET and the dozens or hundreds of other P2P sites, aren t you and the others sites within range of the hollywood lawyers and well your lawyers will be able to fight off the hollywood desk idiots. Or do you have an escape plan in place and have a country and ISP in mind to go to thats judgement proof and will the crap back into the hollywood lawyers faces ! ? Whats the plan and whats the back idea?|
I guess the only really good idea besides forming Pirate parties fasters is to get all of the Torrent/ P2P / files sharing sites etc to form up one huge worldwide class action suit pool all of those spare monies together and get the right lawyer pool that agrees that p2p is not and should never be ilegal and counter bash/sue take on the hollywood bimbos at every court on earth; represent PB and the tiny scared off ISps etc who every and where ever they have a P2P need have a lawyer strike force on 24/7 world wide stand by how thats can t let these hollywood bimbos continue to win ! ! Any ideas out there - later . . .
|ET will live forever as long as the members of our community remain supportive, we will never fail, we will never give in. Long Live Extra Torrent!|
|posted by (2009-10-06 11:35:50)|
|You've had a busy week Obs. Thanks for all the great reads, and keeping us all up to date. There not just attacking P2P. Its the whole internet there trying to go after.|
|TPB Will live, like Ive said before. BRIEN is only digging a VERY large hole for them selves. when this finally comes to a head, lets see whose day in court comes.|
Anyone remember Enron?, cant get away with it all forever.
|posted by (2009-10-06 18:01:30)|
|kinda sucks cause thats where i get about 90 percent of my hits lol|
|posted by (2009-10-06 18:02:58)|
|I hope the hole will be deep enough so we can burry this assholes so deep that they can't find their asses. Lots of concrete over it and I'll bring the flowers.|
|posted by (2009-10-06 18:09:00)|
|By the way, I am downloading from TPB right now,hehe, did they something wrong here?|
|Nope Icewind they were up, for a few hours, and they were shut back down YET AGAIN. :D|
|I have to agree with SnakeyB that they are trying to get power to control the transfer of information on the web and not so much to destroy p2p sites.( Just the easiest way to get a bill through the doors of the house on the hill. ) The real goal is get the power to gain access to any and all data in a more legal fashion then they use now. Since they can get not only tax dollars, but also the entertainment industry to foot the bill for their assult, that makes p2p sites a very attractive and inexspensive way to get what they want. This is truly a sad day my friends and one has to wonder how much more ppl are willing to take before they finally band together to stop this progression of lost rights and bent liberties. Maybe thats why Obama made it illegal for citizens to own or purchase blast caps for homemade ammunition. Ppl in the US are already mass stocking weapons and ammo, theres actually a shortage of ammo here that we have'nt seen since WW2. Makes you think that with these facts and the way they are pushing ppl into a corner in an already bad time to be an american, if a true time for change is'nt on the way. We can only hope =)|
|Me for 1 im glad to have p2p...if not for it i would have wasted lots of money on BAD movies (what i crave to see i will go to theater) im glad to have not wasted money on crap programs...(the ones that are worth it i will buy and get registered anyway i hate getting updates from p2p)anyway Hollywood is mad...not getting paid for their crap movies...and programers that should have been fired in the first place dont get money for their doo-doo software (you know what im talking about..program you bought cost 99.99 didnt do stuff as advertised AND couldnt return.So for me p2p really alows me to sift through the bullshit.|