The end of an Era?

Posted: June 1, 2006 in General Area, Opinions and Rants

Hours ago, "In the morning of 2006-05-31 the Swedish National Criminal Police showed a search warrant to Rix|Port80 personnell. The warrant was valid for all datacentres of Rix|Port80 and was directed at The Pirate Bay. The allegation was breach of copy-right law, alternatively assisting breach of copy-right law.

The police officers were allowed access to the racks where the The Pirate Bay servers and other servers are hosted. All servers in the racks were clearly marked as to which sites run on each. The police took down all servers in the racks, including the non-commercial site Piratbyrån, the mission of which is to defend the rights of TPB via public debate…..The Pirate Bay can receive compensation from the Swedish state in case that the upcoming legal processes show that The Pirate Bay is indeed legal."

Seeing this on the Main page for www.thepiratebay.org was definately a shocker. We had all dwelled safe on the idealology that Sweden was safe from the MPAA and RIAA's legal grasps, that the Pirate was waving its skull and crossbones flag , always taunting American law and practices, posting the letters publicy for everyone to read. Today, we are slapped in the face. This brings us to the question, "is this nearing the end of our bittorent era?". Im not talking about the shitty "download a free Tv show,but with commercials, oh and btw, you can't maximize our proprietary video player beyond a small shitty screen" type of bittorrent. Im not talking about Itunes and paying a $2.99 fee for a 30 minute episode of Lost type of bittorrent. Im talking about the very select individuals, (you know who you are), that sit in the digital shadows, not raising a hand to show participation in really utilizing Azureus, Bitcomet, uTorrent e.t.c. , automatically downloading 25 of your favorite TV shows , at once, on the seperate internet connection just purchased for downloading 24/7, type of bittorrent users.. We ( I say we in context form, don't slap a lawsuit on me) have lived in a nice age, where we can download a TV show in high def, whenever we miss or don't have the time to watch it…and it was (barely still is) free. Where we can download and play a game to see if its really worth buying. (Shit most of the software Ive purchased recently was a total waste of money and a DVD-rom.

ThePirateBay is (was?) a pioneer in the bittorrent genre, still staying true to the pirate form. When most of the other torrent sites stripped themselves of links to files with the word Microsoft, ThePirate stayed true. I sadly feel this is a beginning of an end, like the original Napster closing its file sharing network, only to re-open years later as a piece of shit "join the fag bandwagon" peer to peer network. There are still many others out there, perhaps another familiar site will take the flag and wave it, or perhaps the lawsuits and fines, and possible jail time will eventually threaten the digital realm so badly, that what well see is a major overhaul of the Bittorrent society. Im crossing my fingers, sending best wishes to TPB, and its staff, and hoping that the Swedish courts will toss this case into a waste basket, and look the other way…but hey, thats just my two cents.

EDIT: Following my blurt, it seems there are rumors of The Pirate Bay coming back online, after moving to another country, the website http://www.thepiratebay.org relays this as well, and says two days or so, were going on three…keep fingers crossed, that is , unless you work for the RIAA, or MPAA… 

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Comments
  1. rachel says:

    your block of character is outstanding!

  2. exempt says:

    🙂 Thanks , happy belated New Year’s to you as well 😉

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