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The Pirate Bay Knocked Offline After Swedish Police Raid

Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 11:15 AM

The Pirate Bay — the notorious file-sharing piracy site that has tormented Hollywood for years — has gone dark after Swedish police raided a data-center facility where the piracy site was hosted and confiscated equipment.

Police officials confirmed the raid, which took place Tuesday. "We had a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm because of a copyright infringement, and yes it was Pirate Bay," Paul Pinter, national coordinator of intellectual-property crime for the Stockholm County Police, said in a statement to Reuters. File-sharing sites including EZTV, Zoink and Torrage also were offline, as was Pirate Bay's forum Suprbay.org.

The Rights Alliance, a Stockholm-based anti-piracy group, said it had filed the criminal complaint that led to the police raid.

"Pirate Bay is an illegal commercial service that makes considerable earnings by infringing the works of others," Rights Alliance head Sara Lindback said in a statement. "The infringements affect all creators and it also hinders the growth of the legal services."

Some reports said that after the Pirate Bay's website with the Swedish domain-name suffix (.se) went down, it was resurrected with a Costa Rica suffix (.cr). However, the latter site did not appear to be functional as of Wednesday morning.

The Pirate Bay, founded in Sweden in 2003, has been the target of multiple lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and police raids over the years.

Last month, Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij — who was convicted of abetting massive copyright infringement on the site, along with the site's other principals — was arrested in Thailand as he was crossing into the country from Laos. Another of the site's co-founders, Peter Sunde, was arrested by Swedish police in June.

In a blog post Tuesday apparently by Sunde, who goes by the online handle "Brokep," he wrote that The Pirate Bay had "no soul left" and that he didn't care if the site had been shut down.

"It feels good that it might have closed down forever, just a real shame the way it did that," Sunde wrote.

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The Pirate Bay - the notorious file-sharing piracy site that has tormented Hollywood for years - has gone dark after Swedish police raided a data-center facility where the piracy site was hosted and confiscated equipment.
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