File sharing site The Pirate Bay collapses after police crackdown in Sweden

11 December 2014

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay, which shot into prominence in 2003, and at one point counted 22 million users, crashed to a new depth from which it might not emerge, The Washington Post reported. The collapse that had taken years, had accelerated over the last several weeks.

The Swedish police launched a ''crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm,'' according to a police statement reported by Europe-focused English-language digital news site Local. ''This is in connection with violations of copyright law.''

According to Fredrik Ingblad, a file-sharing prosecutor, it was about an investigation against The Pirate Bay and the people behind the site.

He said he took the decision to bring a search warrant to the place as it was found it could have been used by The Pirate Bay.

Details involving the raids on The Pirate Bay, which offered a peer-to-peer file-sharing service that Swedish authorities and American companies like Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures consider an infringement on copyright laws were scanty.

Using what was called BitTorrent, users transferred millions of large files carrying music and movies, bypassing copyright laws and depriving the proper owners of that content of profits.

As of last morning, local authorities were tight lipped, according to reports.

Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement,  said there had been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm, according to CNET.

Fredrik Ingland, who works on file-sharing cases and who, according to Metro Sweden, initiated the raid also confirmed the action.

He told TT News Agency, that several servers and computers were seized but did not want to say exactly how many. He added, he could not say exactly what the crime was yet.

He also did not confirm or deny that one person had been detained.

The raid came only a month following the arrest of the last of the website's co-founders on the Thailand-Laos border on 3 November, and only a couple of days after Google Play took down a number of apps related to The Pirate Bay.

Several other sites had also been knocked out, including The Pirate Bay's forum, image-hosting website, and text-hosting website A number of P2P torrent sites were also down, which included EZTV, Zoink, Torrage and the Istole tracker.

Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay itself continued to play hide and seek with law enforcement and was already back online at a Costa Rican top-level domain.


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