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The Pirate Bay turns nine years old today, a truly remarkable achievement considering the history of the site. What started out in 2003 as a fun project of a small group of friends turned into one of the largest websites on the Internet. The site has become a global icon; hated by Hollywood and other entertainment industries, but loved by millions of file-sharers.

15 September 2003 The Pirate Bay was founded by Swedish pro-culture organization Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy).

Since there was no filesharing network in Sweden at the time, Piratbyrån decided to launch one, using the relatively new BitTorrent protocol.

Peter Sunde (Brokep), one of the co-founders together with Fredrik Neij (TiAMO) and Gottfrid Svartholm (Anakata), later said that their initial goal was to build a Scandinavian BitTorrent community.

“At the time there was one big torrent site, which was called Suprnova, but they mainly had international content. We and Piratbyrån wanted more Swedish and Scandinavian content. So we started a big library, and that is The Pirate Bay.”

The technical setup was rather primitive in the beginning, to say the least.

The site first came online in Mexico where Anakata hosted the site on a server owned by the company he was working for at the time.

After a few months it moved to Sweden where it was hosted on TiAMO’s laptop, a Celeron 1.3GHz machine with 256MB RAM.

This one machine did all the work and included a fully operational tracker.

The Pirate Bay server

It didn’t take long before more server power was needed to keep the site and tracker from collapsing due to a growing number of visitors.

By the end of 2004, a year after the site launched, the tracker was tracking a million peers and over 60,000 torrent files. Around the same time the founders also noticed that it was not only Scandinavians developing interested in their site.

In fact, by now 80% of their users came from other parts of the world. Because of increasing worldwide popularity The Pirate Bay team completely redesigned the site, which became available in several languages in July 2005.

The Pirate Bay before the redesign

Due to these changes, The Pirate Bay grew even faster, and the number of peers tracked by the site grew to 2,500,000 by the end of 2005.

Pirate Bay’s increase in traffic didn’t go unnoticed in Hollywood either. Copyright holders started to send out takedown notices, which were often mocked by the site’s founders. Eventually, however, The Pirate Bay got raided following pressure from Hollywood and the USA.

May 31, 2006, less than three years after The Pirate Bay was founded, 65 Swedish police officers entered a datacenter in Stockholm. The officers were tasked with shutting down the Pirate Bay’s servers.

Footage from The Pirate Bay raid
The site went down for three days, only to reappear at a new hosting facility. The site’s operators were not impressed and renamed the site “The Police Bay” complete with a new logo shooting cannon balls at Hollywood. A few days later this logo was replaced by a Phoenix, a reference to the site rising from its digital ashes.

The raid brought the site into the mainstream press, not least due to its amazing three-day resurrection. All this publicity resulted in a huge traffic spike for TPB, exactly the opposite effect Hollywood had hoped for.

Logos after the raid

Despite a criminal investigation into the site’s founders The Pirate Bay kept growing and growing. After more than two years the Swedish investigation was finalized, and the three co-founders went to trial early 2009 together with businessman Carl Lundstrom.

April 2009 the four were found guilty of assisting copyright infringement. They were sentenced to 1 year in jail each and fines totaling $3,620,000. During the appeal in 2010 the prison sentences were reduced, but the fines increased to more than $6.5 million.

Pirate Bay’s assets, meanwhile, had been transferred to the Seychelles-based company Reservella which continued to operate the site.

Under new ownership two major technical changes occurred. In the fall of 2009 the infamous BitTorrent tracker was taken offline, turning The Pirate Bay into a torrent indexing site.

Early this year The Pirate Bay went even further when it decided to cease offering torrent files for well-seeded content. The site’s operators moved to magnet links instead, allowing them to save resources and making it easier for third-party sites to run proxies.

These proxies turned out to be much-needed, as The Pirate Bay is now the most broadly censored website on the Internet. In recent years ISPs in Denmark, Italy, UK, the Netherlands and elsewhere have been ordered by courts to block their users’ access to the BitTorrent site.

But The Pirate Bay is still here.

Despite numerous court cases, court-ordered blockades by ISPs and two full trials at the Stockholm Court, The Pirate Bay remains one of the 100 most visited websites on the Internet. Quite a remarkable achievement.

As for the future? It is expected that legal pressure will continue. It wouldn’t be a surprise if The Pirate Bay’s domain names are seized in the coming year. But whether that will bring the deviant site to its knees is doubtful.

As the resilient file-sharing icon that it is, it’s more likely than not that The Pirate Bay will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

Happy Birthday Pirate Bay

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Re: TPB's 9th Anniversary
Post on Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:12 pm  Shin Starlord
Long live The Pirate Bay!

Death to the Federal Bureau of Idiots, Hollywood, and all oppressive corporations!

In truth, you made your money on the initial screening of a film. If anything, Pirate Bay is keeping you idiots alive. Forcing people to spend their hard earned money on a 120 minute film is wrong.

Long live TPB!

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