The Pirate Bay moves to Peru

By Pat Pilcher

As the fight to take down one of the world's biggest torrent tracker sites continues, The Pirate Bay 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 The Pirate Bay 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 The Pirate Bay 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 The Pirate Bay 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.

The Pirate Bay 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 The Pirate Bay.

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 The Pirate Bay may provide a potent illustration of this, but the big question is how will it all end?

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