The Pirate Bay moves to Peru

By Pat Pilcher

Pressure to get the world's largest torrent tracking site taken down by the entertainment industry is relentless.
Pressure to get the world's largest torrent tracking site taken down by the entertainment industry is relentless.

As the fight to take down one of the worlds biggest torrent tracker sites continues, ThePiratebay has again switched domain names, moving from ThePiratebay.ac domain to ThePiratebay.pe, and in the process has dropped some tantalising hints that they're going to launch a new system that will render domain names 'irrelevant'.

As written just a few days ago, ThePiratebay.sx domain was pulled leaving hundreds of thousands of users not able to access the site. Within several hours ThePirateBay reappeared as www.thepiratebay.ac.

The .AC domain represents the Ascension Islands, which are a UK controlled territory, and as such the move was largely a stopgap measure. Weary of yet another legal run-in as authorities attempt to shutter the thepiratebay.ac domain, the ThePiratebay relocated to the Peruvian .pe domain which should theoretically be out of reach to US and UK authorities.

This also appears to be another temporary move, with ThePiratebay team saying that they're updating their already hugely popular browser to ensure users will be able to search, download and upload files without the need for any centralised hosting and domain names.

ThePiratebay browser has already proved to be massively popular in the UK and EU with users downloading it in a bid to get around government cyber-blockades to access ThePiratebay.

As previously written, the current situation is rapidly forcing peer-to-peer and other related technologies to evolve to the point where most current methods of policing piracy are becoming futile. The sheer durability of ThePiratebay may provide a potent illustration of this, but the big question is how will it all end?

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