Pirate Bay ccTLD World Tour Moves On Again, Back To .SE

Posted in: Domain Names at 19/12/2013 22:45

It's been a very interesting week for The Pirate Bay with the file sharing website moving ccTLDs for the fourth time. The latest move from .gy (Guyana) happened in less than 24 hours and TPB is now hosted back on a .se (Sweden) domain, where it was back in April.

In a statement to TorrentFreak, the GY Registry did not say why TPB domain itself was suspended, but said "once a site violates our policies, it will be suspended."

The GY Registry Acceptable Use Policy notes "communication, publication or distribution of material (including through links or framing) that infringes upon the intellectual and/or industrial property rights of another person."

The move to .se is the fourth ccTLD change this week. At the beginning of the week TPB was hosted on a .sx (Sint Maarten) domain, but pressure from the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN saw it pack its bags to .ac (Ascension Island). After a 24 hour stay there it was off to .pe (Peru) for 24 hours, then .gy.

However moving back to .se is not without problems. Swedish prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad filed a motion "on behalf of several major movie, music and publishing companies at a Stockholm court in April," reported TorrentFreak, "requesting the seizure of thepiratebay.se, piratebay.se and the new thepiratebay.is domains."

"There is widespread copyright infringement linked to these sites and these domains are used to assist in connection with crime," Ingblad wrote in the complaint.

The move away from .se came about because of the possibility of losing this domain, and "was the main reason why TPB traded in its .se domain for a Greenland-based domain in April, before switching to a .is (Iceland) and a .sx domain when other problems became apparent."

It is likely the process of seizing the .se domain will take some time though. The registry stated earlier this year ".SE has not taken any actions following the ruling against TPB since we do not consider ourselves obligated to do so based on the contents of the ruling."

The .se registry has "previously stated that it will not suspend the domain name unless there is a court order." And the registry does not seem inclined to take action unless they are forced to as they "believe the problem in this type of situation is not the domain, but rather its contents. The domain name itself is not an accomplice in act of copyright infringement and if thepiratebay.se, for example, were to be shut down, the site would almost certainly reopen under another top-level domain."

Should the .se domain be seized, TPB claims to have around 70 domains in reserve. Whether this is true or not, the file sharing website is looking to the future saying they have "a new system currently under development [that] will not only make domain names irrelevant, but will herald the arrival of a new generation of hardened file-sharing services," according to another TorrentFreak report.


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