Friday a judgment was handed down in the infamous and seemingly never ending Pirate Bay "spec-trial" in which an Amsterdam courtroom has decided that The Pirate Bay must remove all links to copyrighted material, and close access to all Dutch users within three months. The court has said if TPB fails to comply with their judicial hammering, then they can face a fine up to $5,000,000 (million) total and up to an additional five to ten thousand dollars for each day that the torrents are still active and available for your viewing pleasure on their site.
As we all now fully understand, The Pirate Bay is public enemy number one, for the anti-piracy outfit known as BREIN, whom once again, made the push for this decision. The Pirate Bay had already previously announced it would appeal this decision to block access to Dutch users, although we do not yet know what they intend to do about the new ruling of removing .torrents from their index.
Again it seems like unfair and biased courts have attacked TPB, while thousands of other torrent "index" sites still allow the pinpointing and navigation into the direction of the said files. Not only do many torrent sites do this, but many search engines as well. As of this date, October 25th, 2009, the world's LARGEST torrent indexer, Google, has yet to face any judge or sit in any court room, for allowing hundreds of millions of online users to be "led in the direction" of the exact same "copyrighted" torrents.
It seems the older members of society still do not understand the concept of the BitTorrent Protocol, so obviously they do not understand that in fact no torrent indexer actually host any "copyrighted" files on their web site, nor do many even host the .torrent files at all. Until the lack of knowledge has been filled with the capability to understand how it all works, we'll probably never hear of a "fair" trial in any case pertaining to .torrents or the hosting or indexing of them.
The court asking TPB to block access to any Dutch IP addresses, is not only preposterous, but ludicrous, and will make now difference, as any VPN or proxy service easily allows a free-flowing gateway
to the site which would in fact make the "block" useless and a waste of more money that the organization already does not have. Maybe the governments of those nations who would like their citizens blocked from accessing the site, would be willing to spend it's taxpayer's dollars on such a technique? Highly doubtful, as the outrage would not be containable and possibly lead to massive protests and riots.
This type of ruling is not the first to mirror such demands, as the same happened to Mininova, after they were originally ordered to induce and implement "copyright" filters into their site, which ended up doing absolutely nothing to change the way the site operated. Thus, they eventually ended up with another court order, to remove all "infringing" files from their site. Possibly and more likely than unlikely, will another more harsh ruling be handed out again even if The Pirate Bay complies with this current one.
The facts are clear, BREIN, along with anti-piracy outfits internationally, and of course with funding from the entertainment industry (particularly in the USA), all want to destroy the once worshipped "icon" known as The Pirate Bay. The inevitable obliteration of the site, is without a doubt their ultimate goal, and they will continue to wage such a war until The Pirate Bay turns into the lost city of Atlantis, and then exists only as a debatable piece of history.
This is just one of many current ways of removing the oars from the infamous pirate ship, and clogging some of their cannons. It seems social networking sites, such as Facebook, and MySpace, have completely blocked links from being posted on their sites relating to The Pirate Bay or any affiliate of theirs. It's only a matter of time, before all similar sites follow this trend, and then we'll see the domino effect begin to skedaddle it's way into all BitTorrent related sites.
As if anyone still uses The Pirate Bay, except for those with little to no internet knowledge, remains to be seen. Hundreds of thousands of former supporters whom once idolized the site for it's vocal opposition to Western policies and for it's stance to anti-piracy, all jumped ship when the proposed sale of TPB to Global Gaming Factory X first made headlines, a sale that has still yet to happen, and many question whether or not that purchase will be able to stay afloat, or was merely a scheme from within the industry to reduce support for the formerly largest torrent tracker on Earth.
The site's trackers have also been non-existant for quite some time now, although most whom create .torrent files have for a long time found replacements. There in fact will never be a single tracker again that will reach the heights and user base that TPB trackers once held, due to the confusion and creation of many new replacements shortly after the fall of The Pirate Bay trackers.
Seeing as that those at the bay have been relatively silent since mid-September, the question of "What's next?" has yet to be answered. It maybe be possible that they have long accepted their fate now, or have just grown weary from "fighting the good fight" and now have decided to retire. It's also very possible that they expected to be living on easy street after the originally intended sale of the site, and since it's still yet to happen, there is no motivation to make the next big move.
We've seen TPB go up and down as a site probably thirty or more times in 2009, but the fact remains they are like a hooker, you don't really want a piece unless you're desperate, but when you're ready for some they'll always be there. I for one just wish they'd set sail to another water, and by another water, I mean under water. The once brazen and bold fighters for freedom, have lost most respect, and are only killing the rest of us softly, by motivating the anti-piracy to take the battles to multiple fronts. All they're doing, is preventing any other torrent site from standing a real chance in a courtroom, by making as all seem like crooks who have no respect for the system.
Once again, I expect TPB to announce yet another appeal in this decision, but I don't expect it to get them anywhere they haven't already been, which thus far has gained them little to no success, in fact, only dug them deeper into their own graves. The plunge that is taken when a ship sinks of course, is slow and eventually, it's completely submerged, along with it's crew. Hopefully they soon realize this, but I doubt that as long as the plank is still their to be walked, they'll give up.
October 25th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
|Thanks for the read!|
I can say it frankly, i feel sorry for the pirate bay...
:( RIP :(
|I can some what understand their fight to stay afloat. If it was me I would fight also. Cause it does seem unfair that they are being targeted while other torrent sites have remained untouched. If anything make it really expensive for the attackers and keep the site up as long as possible. To me BREIN is fighting a fight that fully can never be won. Torrent files are not going away. They will be available on other sites. Take those down and new sites emerge. And of course we always have Google the biggest torrent search engine around. Pirate bay is only fighting for what they feel is just and we all have that gut instinct when put into a corner. Cause Pirate Bay has done nothing other torrent sites haven't done except be the most popular. ET is my favorite site so I hope nothing ever happens to it.|
|Valid points on the continuing battle, and eventual aftermath, of TPB's saga. And their once mighty stand against all oppression is barely balancing on a single peg leg now.|
Anyone who is aware of the events following a sinking vessel at sea, in particular the hydrodynamic phenomena, knows that anything left in its wake after it submerges is at risk of being drawn underwater with it.
This may likely be the same fate many indexing sites face as the Bay Boys go down. Their ineffective actions in some areas and their total inaction in others are only serving to strengthen the moorings of a common enemy of us all.
Thankfully, a few other sites, like isoHunt, have pursued ways to take the fight to the enemy's doorstep, even gaining allies within mainstream circles who are willing to speak on behalf of our ever-growing information sharing culture.
It's a new generation on the Internet. We, the users, are the ones who populate this territory. Web 2.0 swings the vote, controls the pulse, and sways the media with more and more influence every day. Those 'older members of society', as you called them, are feeling their grasp slipping from the wheel, and are finding that the only weapon they can wield against us is their money.
Sadly, poorly planned stances against that attack, such as the feeble ploys the Pirate Posse are attempting, allow that weapon to continuously wage considerable damage on our remaining rights.
Thank you, OBS, for this latest article. Hopefully it will incite some kind spark in someone who can learn from the mistakes of others and keep themselves afloat because of it.
"...they are like a hooker, you don't really want a piece unless you're desperate, but when you're ready for some they'll always be there." Another classic quote! Love it!
|Deal with your Top ranking pedo judges or smoke a stronger Bong-Leave us in peace FFS cos you cant crush FREEDOM|
|Quote: 5 posted by SiLvErDuSt |
"Deal with your Top ranking pedo judges or smoke a stronger Bong-Leave us in peace FFS cos you cant crush FREEDOM"
LOL first of all... smoke a stronger bong, hilarious. & Amen you cannot crush FREEDOM. :)
|posted by (2009-10-25 12:30:04)|
|What in the hell, the Netherlands of all places and Amsterdam at that. Let me see now I went to Amsterdam. Yeah the red light district, the bars where you can purchase a variety of marijuana and even hashish and smoke it there. I had some of the best time I've ever had. This just not make sense. Stop blaming Pirate Bay, they're just standing up for what they believe, no different than what you're preaching. They are not dragging others down. Lenny Bruce was tormented most of his life because he believed in what he had to say. He paved the road for many commedians to come. Did he drag other commedians down or did he help the cause. Thank you for your commentary but you all have to stick together. I enjoy your articles xxxobscenexxx. They are obviously well researched. Get Up Stand Up Stand Up for Your Rights. WE are the majority|
|posted by (2009-10-25 13:32:06)|
|its a nice read just to bad your getting old obs :D old news :D but not all know where to get info so nice read again|
|posted by (2009-10-25 13:37:17)|
|ohh for The Pirate Bay can still operate in the Netherlands, but it must prevent access to .torrent listings. Not doing so will result in a â‚¬5,000 ($7,500) per torrent penalty.|
they are realy greedy when it comes to get all the money out off it they can lets only hope they dont get scared
|posted by (2009-10-25 17:25:30)|
|remember YOU can be arrested and jailed just for having bong water now!! LOL Now on to Takers as usual blinding and earth shattering insight...I have no real idea what you tried to say but either way it sounded pretty ignorant. Do you know how much time OBS spends reading, writing and researching all the stuff he writes? You sit here and belittle his doings endlessly for whatever reason I have no idea but all I can say from the bottom of my souless heart is if ya think you can do better or do ANYTHING AT ALL for that matter, please by all means feel free at anytime! Until then ya really outta keep your useless trap shut and stop talkin dumb shyt to the guy who literally keeps ET running.|
|posted by (2009-10-25 19:28:57)|
|well im just lucky i know some who raid THE TPB with info ect|
|posted by (2009-10-25 19:47:20)|
|all who download must stand together fighting MPAA and what ever they are called its gonna be a hard fight but we can winn it im sure its not gonna be easy but|
|posted by (2009-10-25 20:15:29)|
|Instead of a rushed appeal, The Local is reporting that The Pirate Bay retrial may not begin until the summer of 2010.and then we might have to wait yesrs befor we know ruling ect but then again its no idea to rush things|
|Good read man.So I wonder if Demonoid is'nt coming under fire as well.That site has been down a month or longer for "maintenance"reasons supposedly.Makes me wonder.|
|posted by (2009-10-27 18:43:21)|
|Good writing. I`m sorry for TPB, but that`s how things work.. so: "Don`t worry, be happy !". :) ExtraTorrent go up up up !|
|anyone know whats going on with Demonoid has that been shut down?|
|posted by (2009-10-28 04:42:25)|
|et is the best torrnet site iv been on its sucks to hear about the pirate bay going to be shuting it down well at lease the pirate bay ship sailed long nuff to make it this far!!!!!!!!|