People in the Netherlands will soon have access to The Pirate Bay, one of the world’s most censored file-sharing websites, as a court in The Hague ruled that Dutch ISPs need to stop blocking the site after the ban proved ineffective against piracy.
Following a recent scandal involving Greenpeace activists and a Russian Arctic offshore platform, parliamentarians suggested punishing unauthorized entry to oil and gas installations on the continental shelf with up to five years in prison.
The Pirate Bay inarguably proved its resilience in 2013, making no less than six domain changes and evading international copyright enforcers. It increased its uploads by 50 percent while maintaining its position as the world’s most popular torrent site.
Despite global efforts to curb copyright infringement, the temptation to use BitTorrent sites to download free movies and TV shows is too strong for employees in the EU Parliament, the Vatican, the US House of Representatives, and some Hollywood studios.
Only a day after the biggest torrent site The Pirate Bay moved its domain to Guyana, it was informed of being “suspended immediately” there. TPB then chose its next destination to be .se, which it left in the first place following legal threats.
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is doomed to spend Christmas in solitary confinement since no new developments in this “very sensitive for Denmark case” are expected until mid-January, his lawyer Louisa Hoj told RT.
A Swedish court has sentenced a 28-year-old to a $650,000 fine, a suspended jail term and 160 hours of community work for uploading over 500 movies to a torrent tracker. The man has to pay the damages for uploading a bad-quality, pre-release film.
Internet service provider AT&T recently added a new anti-piracy patent which features technology that can detect file-sharers on its own network, assigning risk assessment to users and potentially limiting alleged pirates’ access to file-sharing sites.
The Pirate Bay has moved again, this time to a .Pe domain based in Peru. As the battle to take down the world’s largest BitTorrent site continues, the website says it is developing a new system which will make domain names completely “irrelevant.”
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has requested a provisional release of Greenpeace’s Dutch registered ship the Artic Sunrise and its crew for a bond of €3.6 million ($5 million). Moscow says the issue is beyond the tribunal’s competency.