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What is the State of the Pirate Bay Years After Several Guilty Court Verdicts?

September 9, 2019 - Reading time: 43 minutes

A decade ago, four men who were believed to be the operators of the Pirate Bay platform, were found guilty of operating the torrenting site and subsequently sent to prison. One of the accused, Per Sunde, stated that the site would continue without them and that’s exactly what happened.

The Fateful Day

It all transpired on the 3rd of March 2009, when Peter Sunde, Carl Lundström, Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij awaited trial for the Pirate Bay case. During the previous night of March 2nd, the site was temporarily down, causing many of its users to lament in worry that the site would be no more now that its creators were behind bars.

Luckily, webmaster Fredrik (TiAMO) brought it back just as he had before even though he was in custody. Fredrik literally repaired the Pirate Bay website in the few minutes he had in the courtroom before sentencing began. The site, and many other Pirate Bay proxy sites have been online since then.

Of course, this act of defiance made matters worse for all three defendants and it’s also what turned them into heroes of the internet underworld, if you will. Lundstrom, who was once a financier fell by the wayside rather quickly, but the other trio held their ground and felt emboldened by the events of the trial.

All three vowed that they would accept their sentence, even while it seemed unfair, and they refused to pay any fines. Sunde was even heard saying that he would rather destroy all his belongings before the authorities saw even a penny of his money. But then again, they couldn’t afford to pay in any case.

Nevertheless, the Pirate Bay continues to exist and thrive today, just as Sunde promised all those years ago in the face of adversity. If you go to thepiratebay.org, you’ll find the site just as it was a decade ago and you’ll be able to access all of the content that’s shared by users on the platform. The trial has in no way stopped the site from operating, despite many attempts to do so.

The Court Case

For the convicted creators of the site, life would become a little more complex over the years. in response to an appeal by the three now three defendants, the court agreed to reduce the sentences of Sunde, Neij and Lundström, on condition that they would agree to pay higher fines to the plaintiffs who represented the entertainment industry.

Svartholm, on the other hand, was noticeably absent from this part of the trial due to medical difficulties. All four of the defendants ended up serving jail time after all, although Sunde, Neij and Svartholm vowed to not go down without a fight.

Also known by their aliases, brokep, TiAMO, and Anakata, the trio continued to maintain their original position, refusing to pay the required fines. For that, they did time in prison.

Now, for copyright holders who consider Svartholm, Neij and Sunde thieves, this act of defiance was met with much disapproval, to put it lightly. However, the trio was perceived as heroes in the online pirate world.

Since then, there has been no mention of their involvement in the Pirate Bay and it’s safe to assume that they’re no longer involved in operating the site.  Still, it’s pretty amazing to consider the fact that the site continues to operate 10 years after facing this level of remarkable adversity.

The Pirate Bay Today

The Pirate Bay and Pirate Bay proxy sites continue to be some of the most popular online torrenting platforms in the world, despite repeated attempts to block and eliminate them.

However, this also means that users are stuck using a site that the same graphics and features it had a decade ago. Of course, users aren’t complaining because the Pirate Bay is a reliable torrenting site with a long history backing it, unlike flashy newcomers like ExtraTorrents and KickAssTorrents who’re constantly plagued by problems.

Not only that, but the Pirate Bay is like the digital version of the legendary “hydra.” The site’s main domain remains intact to this day and so are many of its renditions which mirror much of its branding and operations.

Conclusion

So far, there’s no indication that authorities will ever be able to stop the site completely when they can’t even find it in the first place. We don’t know about you, but we think it’s safe to say that the Pirate Bay is the most invincible torrenting website ever created.


EZTV is Now Hit by the Pirate Bay Overblock

September 5, 2019 - Reading time: 43 minutes

In a mistake that can only be described as a royal blunder, a popular Internet provider of Dutch origin known as Ziggo recently blocked user access to EZTV, one of the country’s most widely used torrent sites.

This situation started back when a Cloudflare IP-address was released with EZTV being placed next to a popular torrenting website known as The Pirate Bay. This made it seem like EZTV is a Pirate Bay proxy, which it isn’t.

However, the BREIN anti-piracy group came to the rescue by requesting Cloudflare to move EZTV and place it on a completely different IP-address.

About Pirate Bay

Remember that the Pirate Bay is a widely blocked website and numerous internet service providers have received court orders to block their users from even accessing the site. The Netherlands is one of those countries who’re forcing ISPs to block known torrenting sites.

The overall case is currently pending at the Supreme Court, but the latest updates suggest that ISPs have been ordered to completely block user access to torrent websites.

Supreme Court Ruling

A 2017 landmark court ruling forced the Ziggo ISP to block all access to the Pirate Bay, its many domain names and IP addresses as well as any known Pirate Bay proxy websites.

The BREIN anti-piracy group continues to add to the list of blocked IP addresses and domains to the point that there are literally hundreds of websites on there now.

For the longest time, this didn’t cause any issues with these torrents until recently. About a month ago, numerous users of a popular torrent forum reported seeing a Pirate Bay blockade from Ziggo which was aimed at EZTV.io. However, since EZTV wasn’t included in the court order, this came as a surprise, despite the fact that there’s infringing content on the EZTV website.

Every time an EZTV user tried to access the torrenting website, they’d get a Ziggo message that said they’re attempting to visit a Pirate Bay proxy. The message further expressed that Ziggo has been requested to block user access to the website as per a September 22nd court order.

The Problem of Overblocking

Apparently, Cloudflare is used by both The Pirate Bay and EZTV which is why both torrenting sites ended up on the same IP address. That’s why, in an act of overblocking, EZTV ended up on the same filters used by Ziggo to block out famous torrenting sites.

When speaking to a local news website known as Tweakers, Ziggo confirmed that they had made a mistake but also said that they wouldn’t be able to do anything about the situation. Their hands are tied.

Unfortunately, the court order did not specify what should be done in the event of such complications and risks. That means Ziggo is basically forced to continue blocking a website even if it was a mistake to do so in the first place.

According to Ziggo, they communicated with BREIN about the issue early on but the anti-piracy organization didn’t update their list until much later. That’s why EZTV remained on the list of blocked websites for months after. Eventually, EZTV was unblocked after BREIN informed Cloudflare to relocate EZTV onto another IP address.

It’s unclear at the moment why Cloudflare would accidentally place a torrent site on the same IP address as another completely unrelated site. After all, it’s not like EZTV is a Pirate Bay proxy.

Perhaps it’s because EZTV uses Cloudflare in the same manner as the Pirate Bay. That’s why someone at BREIN thought it was a good move to list them both under the same IP address.

Now, while BREIN did try all that was in their power to unblock EZTV, there is denying that EZTV is still an illegal torrent site. That’s why BREIN eventually warned EZTV to halt any and all infringing activity on its site to avoid future blockades.

Pretty soon, the Supreme Court will finalize the Pirate Bay court case once and for all and they’ll not only make an example of the popular torrent site. But the authorities are expected to come for other illegal operators as well.

Conclusion

It’s important to note here that Cloudflare is known for overblocking as it has done so in the past. For instance, a well-known Internet back-end provider known as Cogent wrongly blocked tons of different pirate sites and this also happened as a result of a court order.

However, the problem was eventually resolved by separating the sites into two different IP-addresses.

Clearly, Cloudflare has to work on ensuring that its employees understand the current situation on Internet blockages in order to prevent overblocking incidents.


Circumvent Government Blocks and Other Restrictions Using the Pirate Bay Proxy

September 2, 2019 - Reading time: 46 minutes

One thing most people don’t stop to consider is exactly how the Internet works today. The web is not as streamlined as we tend to believe.

It is full of inherent danger of information security breaches, identity theft, access restrictions, and the unseen ever-monitoring eye of governments and corporations. The good news is that there are ways to surf safely, unmonitored, and without restrictions thanks to advances in technology.

In this article, we look at how you can circumvent government blocks and other restrictions to access web content using proxies from The Pirate Bay Proxy.

Internet Geo-Restrictions

Regardless of where you live in the world, you have probably come across blocked sites and other Internet restrictions.

A good example is movie or video content torrenting sites which most governments and companies always view with a fair amount of suspicion.

We live in a world where freedom to information, especially over the Internet, is limited in one way or another even in countries known for espousing the principles of democracy and freedom such as the US and UK. It doesn’t happen in countries like China and Saudi Arabia alone.

If you didn’t know, more and more internet connections all over the world are getting filtered from your workplace connection to country-level censorship. Freedom to share and access information is still not a reality for most of us.

Most companies, colleges, organizations, and governments are actively blocking access to certain websites. They do it simply by blocking DNS lookup for selected domains in your region.

Circumventing Restrictions with a Proxy Server

The easiest way to circumvent government blocks and access any information you want on the web is by hiding your real IP address and location when surfing the Internet via a proxy server.

The proxy server acts as an intermediary between you, the end-user, and the website you want to visit. It masks your real identity and location, fetches the blocked web page, and displays it to you regardless of your real location.

The filtering mechanism or firewall used by the government to block access will think it is connecting to a user who is not blocked from accessing the information but in reality, you are the one connecting to the site via a proxy.

Web proxies are a great way to bypass filters and restrictions imposed by governments and companies and access blocked websites.

The Pirate Bay Proxy

There are different types of web proxies including paid and free proxies. You are however advised to use free proxies with caution as most come with malware or fail to mask your identity completely. The best proxies, especially for people who download huge files using torrents, are from The Pirate Bay or TPB.

The Pirate Bay is basically an online site with a huge database of searchable torrent files. When combined with the right program, the torrent files can help you to download all types of media such as movies, eBooks, music videos, MP3 audio files, and software without restrictions.

The Pirate Bay was launched back in 2003 and has grown over the years significantly. It contains hundreds of thousands of torrents that you can use to get anything you want on the Internet whether the content is blocked by your government or not.

There are many Pirate Bay proxies and mirrors going by different names such as:

  • unblock-thepiratebay.net
  • proxybay.zone
  • piratebay--proxy.com
  • thepiratebay.church
  • thepiratebay.sale
  • thepiratebay.news

The sites have varying download speeds but one thing they have in common is their ability to locate blocked files and downloading the files for you wherever you live. The Pirate Bay helps you to find torrents that you can use to download content whether the content is allowed or blocked in your country or region.

Another advantage of The Pirate Bay is the fact that it gives you an easy way to download content. You can even continue downloading files via a Pirate Bay proxy if your Internet connection is interrupted. The download will stop and pick up from where it left off next time you connect to the Internet again.

Conclusion

The Pirate Bay Proxy provides an easy way to download content blocked by the government in your region or country. It is also free to join the Pirate Bay community. You’ll not be charged anything for downloading a file or using a torrent.

You can use the proxy to download anything from public domain content to games, movies, music, and much more. All you need to do is to find a clean torrent and download all the cool stuff available online whether your government has blocked it or not.    


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